Saturday, December 21, 2013

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like 'Worthless'"

From a reader:

Aaron Clarey's book is the equivalent of drinking an antidote to a slow-acting poison. The scales fall off and clarity is achieved. Nothing is more touted today that education with all those well-known slogans ringing in the air "stay in school!" Yes, but for what purpose? In what direction? To what end? These are the questions Clarey brilliantly tackles here and he does so in an easy, jocularly manner that belies its great importance. Too many end up spending too much money--read, debt--at our nation's universities in the vain hope (yes, hope. There's almost no thought that goes into their decisions) the piece of paper they get at the end will be rewarded somehow. Clarey convincingly shows why this is wrong and takes those who should know better to task: the guidance counselors, our teachers, college professors and even parents who all profess to care for the next generation.

Every one should read this book. Every High School should require its students read and comprehend its contents.

The problem, however, is that doing so will require our educational system and its denizens fundamentally change how it operates and that's not going to happen any time soon. So get this for your High Schooler or for a kid you like instead so they don't end up wasting what's supposed to be their formative years in pursuit of hot air.
5 stars. 

You can find "Worthless" here, and also in Audio book format here!


heresolong said...

I still run into the "but college allowed me to find myself" or some such gibberish. It's a hard argument to overcome since it's their money but I generally point out that there are cheaper ways to find yourself and then recommend your book.

badventist said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Worthless,
Liberals everywhere,
We are trapped inside our dorm,
The fuckers are protesting on our lawn,
And they're broke for sure!

RobertW said...

I wish this book had been available before my son went off to college. Four valuable years wasted. Well, at least there's no debt. However I make it a point to recommend it to any close-to-college-aged kid I know or their parents. So far only blank stares. I guess it is hard to accept that you've been lied to your whole life