It seems like almost every week I have to discuss the political violence espoused by the AntiFa crowd – the crowd who protests what they think is fascism with real fascism. Frankly, I am getting sick of it. But I wanted to look at the bigger picture from a different perspective, namely, that of how situations like these affect higher education – rioting is destroying higher education.
It’s too bad these rioters have no sense of irony, as they rioted on the same university which captured the free speech movement back in the 1960’s. What used to be such a virtuous goal, that of protesting the Vietnam War, holding sit-ins for violence, and upholding free speech would be protested today by the same crowd who protested Milo. But the social implications go further than politics.
Higher education itself is going down a rabbit hole of destruction. If the incredible price hikes weren’t enough, or the lack of jobs available after graduation, these riots – which are the antithesis to free speech -might be the nail in the coffin. Why would a normal person, naturally disinterested in politics, want to shell out potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars to get an “education”, especially where one might be prone to violent riots?
What’s worse, from a higher educational standpoint, is many Fortune 500 companies, such as Google, have dropped the requirement of needing a college degree altogether. Businesses are successful mainly because of their insights into forecasting what the future will look like, to please consumers (and in this case, employees) in the most value productive way. When some of the most successful businesses drop the college degree requirement, it is actively signaling that the market’s desires are changing.
This blatant attack on free speech, on opposing ideologies, is not going to benefit colleges in the long run. What happens when these people get jobs and are forced to work with people who might have voted the “wrong” way? Will they destroy their place of employment? How will that effect the already severed relationship that colleges and future employers have? My guess is miserable for colleges, but for students, this transformation was long overdue.
I went to multiple colleges, it’s not much different from high school. What I mean by that is you don’t learn real skills to make yourself valuable in the workplace, rather you learn from books, memorize certain information to do well on a test, then forget it. That’s not all! You also must endeavor with slackers in group projects, do mountains of study work for homework, and essentially waste a bunch of time you could have spent creating value for another and money you would’ve earned by creating value.
Looking back, I wish I never would have went to college at all! Luckily, I abandoned ship just in time. When there is a real life problem, the market tends to adjust itself, and solve, these problems rather quickly. In the case of “higher education”, there is no difference.
I dropped out of college this past semester to finish my “higher education” in a way that aligns with developing skills, creating value, finding a job and avoiding the terrible plague that ensues on college campuses across the nation. That solution is Praxis.
Praxis is an apprenticeship program aimed at developing skills and then doing a paid internship where you can showcase the value you can create for them. The community is a fantastic, anti-authoritarian group, which is a refreshing step back from all the crazies going to college.
If you’ve had it with faux education, anti-free speech entities, riots, and not being promised a job, I implore you to give Praxis a try!