Let’s talk about all that money that you’re spending on college, and more important, how you’re spending it.
Now, it is not my sincere intention to deflate anybody’s boners here – what with the new school year approaching and all – so this is somewhat optional reading if you’re really, really keen on that whole ignorance is bliss nonsense. But this is a red-button issue if there ever was one, and it behooves one to at least become marginally familiar with the general shape of the pretty stupid conversation that’s going on about it right now.
It is very, very difficult for such a small person as myself to think about, write on, or even hint upon the rather complex and delicate topic of the college debt issue. And truthfully, this isn’t going to be a very coherent or original post, but that isn’t the goal here. The goal is to get something going.
We’ve all heard President Roth’s defenses of higher education (particularly liberal arts education) in speeches, blog posts, editorials, and more. Now, however, he’s taken it to the next level: television.
Roth joined a variety of experts with a variety of opinions on the question of if a college diploma is worth it. The debate’s been quite a theme lately, with a NYT Room for Debate on it and similar coverage from elsewhere (when the media seizes on something, it goes crazy, doesn’t it?). Roth’s argument was what he has been sticking to from the start:
College is a great investment. And it works so well for so many.
America has built the greatest university sector in the world. And we have our challenges, because that sector has changed dramatically because of change in access, changes in the economy and culture.
Apparently Dylan Turmeque ’13 would like you to have some sort of beef:
Have you ever wanted to debate eating meat against PETA?
Have you ever wanted to debate alongside Cambridge debaters?
Have you ever wanted to judge Harvard’s and Yale’s oratory skills?
The Woodrow Wilson Debate Society, Wesleyan’s premier debating organization, is doing all of these things and more this semester, and we want you to be a part of them. We are having our first meeting of the spring on Monday, January 24 at 8:00PM in Allbritton 004. Whether you’re completely new to debate, somewhat experienced, or Barack Obama, we hope to see you there.
If you have further questions, feel free to email wesleyandebate(at)gmail(dot)com.