Sarah Builds a Robot and Destroys Pompous Colleges
Sarah has always loved robots, so when she was accepted to a good college with a solid engineering program she was so excited to study robotics. I came here to chew bubblegum and build robots and I’m all out of bubblegum… But when it came time to register for classes, she realized she had to take at least sixteen general education classes and three free electives in order to get her bachelor’s degree in engineering. Wait, what?! To learn about robots I have to take the textual appeal of Tupac Shakur? That’s just one example of the interesting college courses that are available. Some of which students have to take, regardless of their major or what they wanna do. Remind me again why I have to take 4 or 5 semesters worth of fluff classes? As a tenured professor, I can attest that a well-rounded student is a good student. Also I need to justify my existence here. But I just wanna build robots! Demystifying the hipster doesn’t help me with that. Forget this nonsense. I’ll teach myself. No! Knowledge can only come from on high! Sorry dude. Free online courses and YouTube tutorials cost a lot less than taking classes I don’t need. General education course requirements are just one of the reasons that the cost of college tuition is so high. Forcing students to take classes that aren’t actually relevant to their degree keeps students enrolled longer and creates an artificial demand for an over-inflated supply. Combine that with an ever expanding administrative staff to accommodate regulations and cushy amenities and tuition prices just keep going up. It’s no wonder so many college grads are struggling with their student loans. Tell me about it The average individual student loan debt in 2012 was $25,550 for public colleges and $32,300 for private ones. Oh! Thanks JenBot. Relaxing general education requirements would probably help reduce college tuition prices. Not to mention prospective students opting out of big academia altogether to use alternate forms of education like Sarah here. By the way Sarah, that’s a pretty nice robot you built! Thanks! Wait, I am a robot? Hey folks, thanks so much for watching. If you enjoyed this, please check out FEE.org for more educational content. Thank you!