When I entered college less than a week after my 18th birthday, I had already been programming computers for money for almost five years. Since then, as well as studying computers, I’ve majored in about 11 areas over 7 years and 240 undergraduate hours — History, English, Business, and so on — as an undergrad (I had my own business so my boss didn’t really care what program I was in or if I got a degree, and I kept changing my major to take the “majors only” classes I was interested in.)
I was in graduate school for years, and post-graduate school I’ve taught in universities, in industrial courses, in boot camps, and since 2017 I’ve been teaching/tutoring/mentoring individual students through Wyzant, an online tutoring platform (where I’m still available if you or someone you know who needs help learning to program).
All this means I’ve had a lot — a lot — of experience in college, from both sides of the lectern. Especially in grad school, I saw a lot of the political dark side of the Academy, and after nearly 700 hours of tutoring mostly college students from all over the country, I’ve gotten a pretty broad sample of the student experience.
As a result, I think I can say that a college education ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.
Now just to be clear, I’m not going to rehash all the completely valid complaints about indoctrination, pseudo-intellectualism, and political correctness we’ve all seen at Legal Insurrection, the College Fix, and Instapundit. I’m sure I will get to those again myself, but right now, I just want to give you all an idea of what the college experience is like today.