Posts Tagged ‘college’

Small, obscure schools better than big, well-known schools for preparing for life after school

June 23, 2019

Stephen Curry and C.J. McCollum are two of the most talented players in professional basketball. Before joining the NBA, Curry played basketball at a small, obscure college, Davidson. McCollum played at Lehigh. We typically think of superstars coming from big name schools, like Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

What if they are big stars because they went to small schools? Curry stayed in school for three years, McCollum four years. They were allowed to develop as basketball players about as far away from the NBA spotlight as you can get. They weren’t big fish in small ponds so much as they became sharks in a kiddie pool. They crafted their games and built the supreme confidence necessary to earn contracts that would eventually pay them millions of dollars.

One of the reasons they were effective right away in the NBA is because they were experienced. They had to shoulder the load for their college teams for three or four years. They got better faster, and then they were ready for the NBA.

I suspect the same may be true of academics. Attending a big-name school like MIT, Harvard, and Stanford may not be the best training ground for the real world. Rather, attending a small, obscure school where the teachers are there expressly to teach may very well better prepare a person for his or her career after school.

The cost of college has increased 1,120% since 1980

December 27, 2015

Mike Rowe (It’s a Dirty Job) talking about when he entered college in the 1980’s:

I spent the next two years at Essex Community College. There, I took dozens of unrelated courses, and started to get a sense of what I wanted to do. (At $26 a credit, I could afford to be wrong.) Eventually, I earned an AA degree. A few years later, when I had saved some money, I transferred my credits to Towson State, and with my parents help, got a BA in Communications. Total cost for all of it? Less than $10,000. Point is, I was able to start working in my chosen field at 23, free from the crushing weight of a student loan.

Today, that would be impossible. Since I graduated, the cost of college has increased 1,120%. Nothing so important has ever gotten so expensive so quickly – food, medicine, even real-estate…the rise of tuition trumps them all, outpacing the consumer price index by over 400%. The question is why? Why has the cost of college risen faster than anything else?

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Interesting and surprising statements about education

April 24, 2014

I think this is a great statement:

Education is an engine
for upward mobility.

This statement about colleges and universities surprised me:

It is cheaper to attend
private schools than it
is to attend public schools.
The reason is that private
schools provide lots of
grants, whereas public
schools do not.