Education as Signalling — Peter Thiel on the Economics and Declining Quality of Higher Education
This is an excerpt from Conversations with Bill Kristol, published on the 14th of September 2014, in which Bill Kristol interviews Peter Thiel on the kinds of outcomes contemporary students of higher education currently face, and more broadly, the state of technological and economic progress within higher education.
You can listen to the entire episode of Conversations with Bill Kristol here: http://conversationswithbillkristol.org/podcast/peter-thiel-podcast/
You can watch the entire episode of Conversations with Bill Kristol here: http://conversationswithbillkristol.org/video/peter-thiel/
In today’s episode of The Point: Higher education!
It’s been long considered that going to college should be the goal for most young people, but with the mounting student debt problem and job prospects for grads looking grim, is that still the case? Are we in the midst of a student debt crisis, and is there a way for young people to manage it? How much responsibility falls on the students’ shoulders for taking on debt they couldn’t pay back, and does this issue indicate a wider problem in society? Also, what are the real benefits of going to college, is it the education itself, or could it be socializing and making contacts– what really helps grads land jobs? What factors make a person decide to go to college or not; are there societal pressures different from perhaps just one generation ago?
And to end on a positive note, The Point panel has real advice for the university-bound to help make the best of higher education. What are the most common social mistakes new college students make, and what can they do to avoid these pitfalls? Is studying abroad worth the investment of time and money? How do you deal with friends and roommates while balancing a successful academic career, and is there real value to moving away for college?
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