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And they want to make the kids pay for it with debt for much of the rest of their lives … What do you bloody want to do it for? … Why is it the done thing? … The ever-increasing fees that are being charged, the ever-increasing debt therefore control over young people … The only way it’s going to change is if they refuse to bloody go! Don’t take part in the system … We don’t need the bloody system! David Icke, Agenda 21: The Plan to Kill You, 2016
You see, in this country are a number of youths who do not like to work, and the college is an excellent place for them. L Frank Baum, Ozma of Oz
Neil: Hey guys. Tomorrow. Why don’t we. It’s just a suggestion. Why don’t we try going into college? The Young Ones: Boring, BBC 1982
College as you know it ... is bullshit! Penn & Teller, Bullshit! s3e6: College, Showtime 2005
Why waste four years in classrooms between parties? ibid.
College should be more free, not less. ibid.
I was expelled from college. A lot of colleges. Citizen Kane 1941 starring Orson Welles & Joseph Cotten & Dorothy Comingore & Everett Sloane & Ray Collins & George Coulouris & Agnes Moorehead & Paul Stewart & Ruth Warrick & Erskine Sanford & William Alland et al, director Orson Welles
A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity. Dan Rather
I spent three days a week for ten years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of ten years I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories. Ray Bradbury
I was not a good student. I did not spend much time at college: I was too busy enjoying myself. Stephen Hawking
People of my age who went to college, go into college, you know what it cost back then? Nothing or next to nothing. At the most, you had to work at Dairy Queen during the summer and that would pay for your college education. Michael Moore
I quit college so fast I didn’t even clean out my locker. Steven Spielberg
College isn’t the place to go for ideas. Helen Keller
I imagine that one of the biggest troubles with colleges is there are too many distractions, too much panty-raiding, fraternities, and boola-boola and all of that. Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
‘Sir, I got lost on the way to college, sir.’ Jarhead 2005 starring Jake Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard & Jamie Foxx & Chris Cooper & Brian Geraghty & Lucas Black & Evan Jones & Laz Alonso & Jacob Vargas & John Krasinski & Dennis Haysbert et al, director Sam Mendes, opening scene, hero to supervisor
You don’t have to go to college to be a success ... We need the people who run the offices, the people who do the hard physical work of our society. George H W Bush
Can you believe it, I got to go to college too. Forrest Gump ***** 1994 starring Tom Hanks & Robin Wright & Gary Sinise & Mykelti Williamson & Sally Field & Haley Joel Osment & Peter Dobson & Dick Cavett & Sam Anderson & Geoffrey Blake & Siobhan Fallon et al, director Robert Zemeckis
‘Ah college years, those were the days. Pure freedom ... leaving home for the first time ... the parties ...’
‘What about the tutorials, the lectures, the large building with all the books called the library?’
‘Is that what those were?’ Gerry blithely replied. E A Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
America’s frat boys – notorious for hard drinking and even harder partying. Bound by a secret world of rituals and life-long bonds between fraternity brothers. Its members go on to become some of the most powerful and influential people in America. But they are institutions accused of creating a culture of sexual abuse. And brutality towards its new members. Frat Boys: Inside America’s Fraternities, BBC 2016
Thousands of college students pledge allegiance to a fraternity or sorority each year. ibid.
Elite clubs that provide accommodation for their members. ibid.
It’s a lot for a sixteen-seventeen-year-old kid [Brandon Jones] to take all that in. Five Star, dude, 2017
104,437. The closer he gets to [college] signing day, I can’t even imagine how much pressure that really is. ibid.
Brandon Jones: the number one safety recruit of the nation. ibid.
From the time the American child reaches the sixth grade they are taught the key to success in life is to do well in high school so they can get accepted to the best possible college. The College Conspiracy, 2013
Most Americans today have an expectation of future economic success simply by obtaining a college degree. ibid.
The annual cost to attend the average private four-year college in America today is $27,293 … This does not include the cost of textbooks. ibid.
Colleges are getting kickbacks from publishers. ibid.
‘Not only will you not pay us back, you’re not going to get a job.’ ibid.
There is an epidemic in America of students using their student loan money for non-education purposes. ibid.
College education is the largest scam in American history. ibid.
They’re losing out on valuable income they could have been earning in those four years. ibid.
Corporatization of the universities … cheap labour without rights: what are called graduate students. Noam Chomsky, lecture 8th July 2017, Youtube 1.39.35, ‘The Corporatization of the Universities’
By now in most states Tuition covers more than half the costs in state colleges, sometimes far more – up to 80% … Costs are going out of sight … Student debt is exceptionally punishing: it’s designed that way. ibid.
Exposure goes undercover in private colleges that attract foreign students to Britain. And some students aren’t happy. Students sold courses that didn’t happen: but will they get their money back? There’s threatening behaviour on campus. Exposure: Undercover Colleges, ITV 2013
A third of international student applications were to private colleges. ibid.
I said the marine corps. I’m joining. Yeah. I’m talking about I wanna do something else. I don’t want to go to college. I’m sick of school. Dead Presidents 1995 starring Larenz Tate & Keith David & Chris Tucker & Bokeem Woodbine & Freddy Rodriguez & Rose Jackson & N’ Bushe Wright & Alvaleta Guess & James Pickens & Martin Sheen et al, director Albert & Allen Hughes, Anthony
Lowell High: It’s tangible in some of those classes. You can feel how worried people are about college. Storyville: Try Harder! student, BBC 2022
Over the past 15 years, acceptance rates for top colleges have dropped 50% or more. ibid. caption
Stanford is one of 150 colleges that visit Lowell High School annually to recruit its students. Stanford is the most selective university in the United States. Acceptance rate of 4.4%. ibid.