Video: Honest College Commercial

Published March 6, 2014

This video presents a satirical (but not very inaccurate) look at the modern frenzy to push every kid into college. 

Well-known scholar Charles Murray describes the current U.S. higher education system this way

First, we will set up a single goal to represent educational success, which will take four years to achieve no matter what is being taught. We will attach an economic reward to it that seldom has anything to do with what has been learned. We will urge large numbers of people who do not possess adequate ability to try to achieve the goal, wait until they have spent a lot of time and money, and then deny it to them. We will stigmatize everyone who doesn’t meet the goal. We will call the goal a “BA.”

Elsewhere, Murray has argued that pushing everyone towards college creates a nation divided among class lines, besides wasting many students’ time and money. Videos like this demonstrate some kids, at least, agree.