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The American higher education system is really fucking screwy.… - Speak Friend and Enter
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The American higher education system is really fucking screwy. Exactly how am I supposed to know what I want to do by simply reading course descriptions from a catalog? Even if I start taking them, I'm not really learning what it means to do X career. Take, for example, my seeming interest in law. How do I learn about what it's actually like to be a lawyer by taking logic classes? Obviously, once in law school, law is the only thing you study, but what if I get there and go, hmmm, this isn't what I thought, back to the drawing board? That's many years wasted because I'm supposed to be able to make an informed decision about a job which I have no actual experience with. How do people do that? Luckily for me, I did some work in a law office, so I have something of an idea of how it goes, but even then it doesn't really count. I have this really intense interest in computer viruses in general, mostly how to remove them when it requires more than updating signature files, but do I really have to go through tons of classes I probably won't ever use to get into that field? Why can't I get some books, learn on my own, demonstrate my skills and get a job that way? It's not the accepted method. But is it possible? What is the big fucking deal about a degree? It just says that I managed not to fail enough classes and gave the school enough money that they figure I've been put through enough to get moving. I could graduate knowing nothing, and I could not graduate knowing a ton. But the degree somehow makes all the difference. Intro classes for any major should be about different jobs you use it for, and what you do in those jobs, before they ever start getting into actual subject matter, so I can decide after one class if it's the field for me. What if I take the first class, don't like it, but think I might really enjoy some other ones? I don't want to suffer through one to get to the other. There should be more than path to a degree, I guess is what I'm saying. I'm not sure where all this is leading. I guess I just think too much emphasis is placed on GPA and grades and fucking scores than actual knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to real world situations. I thought they were supposed to teach you that in college. First you have to get a degree.
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From: ex_consequen376 Date: April 13th, 2001 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gah.


Well, those are some good questions you have there, Chris. I don't know the answers.

I would suggest that you go to a tech/trade school to take the classes you want, or do as you said earlier in the entry and just read a lot about it and learn that way. Eventually some place will hire you if you do those things, and, if not, you could go into business for yourself.

There once was a kid named Bill, and he knew a lot about computers, but he couldn't get a job at any of the places that make operating systems, because he didn't go to school for computers, so he went off and started his own company, and you know what, Chris? Today we call that company Microsoft.

Well, the story of Gates doesn't really go that way, but it probably could have. ^_^ It's just an example. A parable, even.

So, get reading, then start your own business.

Empirical regards.
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