If President Joe Biden’s push to force all taxpayers to repay student loans instead of the borrowers has taught us anything, it is that many harbor doubt about the value of a college education.

College Courses Show Why Americans Increasingly Believe College Is Not Worth The Cost

If President Joe Biden’s push to force all taxpayers to repay student loans instead of the borrowers has taught us anything, it is that many harbor doubt about the value of a college education.

If President Joe Biden’s push to force all taxpayers to repay student loans instead of the borrowers has taught us anything, it is that many harbor doubt about the value of a college education.

By clamoring for “relief” from these loans, the glad-handers have shown that they didn’t learn enough or learn the things that would make them employable at salaries sufficient to cover their own loans.

As the nonpartisan research group Public Agenda found last month in a poll, 51 percent of Americans think college is overpriced and overrated. That includes 59 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of people 18–34 who don’t have a college degree.

Well, the conservative website Campus Reform has found reasons why the majority in the Public Agenda poll may be right.

On Wednesday, the group released a list of courses that some colleges dubiously say pass for “higher” education.

For instance, at Texas State University, one can study former One Direction singer Harry Styles. Louie Dean Valencia, the professor behind the course, claimed it will cover the cultural and political development of the modern celebrity “as related to questions of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation and globalism, and consumerism.” Yes, what America needs more of: discussing celebrities.

At one of the Ivy League gems, Cornell University, students can take a class on tree climbing. “This course will teach you how to use ropes and technical climbing gear to reach the top of any tree, to move around, and even to climb from tree to tree without returning to the ground,” the class description says. A four-year degree at Cornell will cost graduates nearly $170,000 if they are lucky enough to qualify for in-state tuition in New York.

The University of Connecticut, whose degrees cost almost $150,000 despite being outside the Ivy League, offers a class on hand puppetry. Students in the “Puppet Arts Program” will take away “the history and theories of Puppetry,” and soak in techniques such as “Hand Pantomime, Glove Puppet, and Moving-mouth Puppet performance.”

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Finally, at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, which may be Ivy League-lite in academics but not cost, provides instruction in “Transgender Studies.”

The course, according to its description, will introduce students to “key terms and debate in the field of transgender studies” – as if there isn’t enough of that already.

Those who take the class can learn “how ideologies of race, class, gender, and sexuality have informed the category’s rapid institutionalization.” Again, something we need more of since trans activism is woven into every part of American society. Meanwhile, attending Brandeis runs more than $79,000 a year.

These classes align with other entries of alleged higher learning that Campus Reform has uncovered recently, including American University’s plunge into “neuroqueerness,” the University of California-Berkeley’s offerings on Pokemon and solving the Rubik’s cube, the University of Kansas’ “Angry White Men” studies program and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs course on “Witnessing Whiteness.”

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