DIY-U: Sociology

Quick notes on chapter 2:

As I was reading the chapter, the phrase “correlation does not equal causation” kept popping into my head.

There was much focus on how higher education is correlated with higher earning potential, and even higher education correlated with even higher earning. BUT, what if higher education was simple a tribal marker, a product of the real causes of higher earning? Things like family wealth, support, intelligence, personal motivation, social success, or any other factors that make individuals generally more successful – and also possibly more likely to seek and attain higher education.

If so, the programs aimed at increasing enrollment in post-secondary institutions may not have the desired effect, or at least not as dramatically as anticipated.

3 thoughts on “DIY-U: Sociology”

  1. Maybe. Grades don’t correlate with earnings. Also chances of success are highly correlated with wealth, more so than getting an Ivy league degree — takes money to make money. So how does education? As for tribal market, yes, what degrees says is I conform and am a good employee, I can afford the education, social success perhaps if it means I was able to get a political degree like Phd, maybe I know how to work the profs. Also, it’s self-validating in the social system. People with degrees go on to serve corporations and demand people that act and behave the way they did. Ultimately, I see a major change that invalidates these sorts of thinking when compared with the ROI on any degree. It will probably take another 10 years or more to sink in.

  2. Also, I don’t know where you get this idea that, “programs aimed at increasing enrollment in post-secondary institutions may not have the desired effect, or at least not as dramatically as anticipated.” What effect are they anticipated to have? Make people more successful? That depends on the economy and demand for certain employees and competition. Corporations want to pay as little as possible (that’s what H/R is for), so if they can get a replacement for cheaper they will. The only desired effect is to make the post-secondary institutions more money. They know that it’s not going to make people richer, I mean these people are not stupid… They just don’t want to talk about this little inconvenience. It’s like this whole bit about increasing education. Like seriously, it’s just when this discourse is common and people sit there and listen to it knowing full well in their hearts that it’s bull shit…

  3. Ask yourself how does a degree make money? It doesn’t. Business makes money. Business employs people. The only money that a degree makes is for the school providing the degree. Success is making money, according to our society. Business makes money. Creativity creates the potential for making money by starting a business. Degrees can not make you more creative. Degrees at best can give you a few tools to do tasks. In fact being a good employee means often not being a good entrepreneur because being a good employee means conforming where entrepreneurship means not conforming. Post-secondary serves itself and has a ton of dogma about what it is when any rationally thinking person can see right through it. So what is left to do other than to dispel the dogma by challenging it head-on rather than paying lip service to do it, while at the same time partially negating it but not enough to dispel it.

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