Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth Going To College?

In the last 20 years for sure, there has been a push for everyone to go to college.  You have to wonder why? Not everyone is at an educational level to compete in college, or they financially aren’t able to go to college,  or maybe they just don’t want to go to college. And yet, the push was on. If you don’t go to college you will be a nobody. You will fail at life. We never heard such things told to us years ago. 

The ACT test was used as a standard for enrollment into our colleges and universities. About 1.4 million students or about 37% of all graduating students in America took the ACT test in 2023. This same year, the national average composite score was 19.5 out of 36. That’s the lowest it has been in the last  three decades. Between 2013-2023 students taking the ACT test has dropped 17 %. So we find that universities are dropping the ACT requirements to enroll in their schools. They say that not everyone is good at taking tests. Maybe so, but then what should be used as a measurement of one’s knowledge to go to college? So what is happening in our schools? Well, we want student friendly schools. It sounds nice, but why wouldn’t a school be friendly to students? Without the student you wouldn’t need the teacher. No, what is the truth is that they feel that our schools are only for the rich, the educated and those who have the right skin color. But is this really true or is it because the teachers today are not like the teachers of years ago? Our standards in schools have stopped over the years because of teaching problems, not student problems. 

According to USA Today “The latest results of an international exam given to teenagers ranked the USA ninth in reading and 31st in math literacy out of 79 countries and economies. America has a smaller-than-average share of top-performing math students, and scores have essentially been flat for two decades.”

 According to Pew Research Center “One of the biggest cross-national tests is the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which every three years measures reading ability, math and science literacy and other key skills among 15-year-olds in dozens of developed and developing countries. The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.” 

According to PBS, in 1995, the U.S. ranked #1 in the world in college graduation rate. In 2005, it was 15th.   Why have our schools stopped teaching the basics? We must compete on the global stage and if we can not then we will not be able to get good paying jobs. And yet, what we are paying to go to school just does not seem right. 

Today people should go to learn the trades, like plumbing, electrical, carpentry and even repairing cars, and so many other trades that we could learn, and make a good living, and not be in debt. It makes better sense, unless of course, there is a hidden agenda for pushing continued education. What we know by what we see is that in our colleges and universities today that they do have an agenda and that agenda is to shape the minds of our future generation so that we all will think and act alike. Yes, it is hard to believe, but it certainly is not a hidden agenda. There are no longer what we would call “Free Thinkers.” Today we are not taught, but told what we need to do, and how we should think. The longer you stay in the school system the longer they have an impact on your life. Sadly most people do not realize what is actually happening to them because it is done slowly over time. We can see that other countries who do the same thing still regard  basic knowledge to be taught, so that their people can compete in the world, and as a result, elevate their country by it. America used to be the most prosperous and industrious country in the world, but this is not the case today, and in so doing we have brought this country down. We need a revival in this country, and not just a spiritual revival, but a revival in every sector of business and culture and finance. Yes, the Stock Market may be flourishing, but it is a false indicator, because inflationary prices and debt are unsustainable. Education and healthcare has fallen in not only standards but quality and accessibility.  But we are the only ones who can change this and we must change it so that we can not only compete not only here in America, but also globally. Today so many people who have gone to college or universities are not even working in the fields that they went to school for. Why start your life in so much debt and then not be able to get a good job in your field? Be a free thinker and stop following the crowd. Be your own person and plan your own life and take the time to check things out and then follow your facts and you will not regret your own decisions because you know yourself best. Here are a few verses from a great song by Janice Ponds

called: Free Thinkers

Here’s what we do; We can take some classes; affect the masses.
There’s no excuse; You’ve been loosed
Casting down imaginations; Break the chains of fear.
This is your appointed time; Get yourself in gear

[We are] Free thinkers; we’re free
[We are] Free thinkers; we’re free

Come on out of darkness; Come into the light
Come into this freedom; It’s now a different fight
Skin tone does not determine; Defining who we are
We’ve been taught to overcome; We have come so far.

How about you? Are you a free thinker, or are you just following the crowd?

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