Not long ago, I was sitting in Starbucks and I was talking to a few college students. They told me that they were getting their four-year degrees in a subject and topic that I happen to know a lot about. They said they would be graduating very soon and then they would hope to find a job. They explained to me how hard they work, how often they took tests, and how much studying and how many hours they sat in the classroom. I was rather impressed with all that until I started asking them questions, and they attempted to explain that area of science to me. Remember I know a thing or two about it already.When I brought up a certain subtopic in that scientific arena, they told me that they had indeed studied that, but they had taken that test, and duly forgot all the information. But they vaguely knew what I was talking about. That seemed interesting to me, because they could not even explain it back to me. In other words, sure they sat in the classroom for all those hours, listen to a monotone professor at the lectern, and they took all the tests. Unfortunately they didn’t learn anything, they didn’t retain any of that information, and I’m seriously wondering why they are wasting money on their college tuition.After talking to them for quite a while, I realized that going to school was just to get the piece of paper to check off the box on their resume. Without that they didn’t feel they could get a job, or so they were told. I asked them how come they didn’t try to learn the information online and save the tuition money. They told me they needed the piece of paper if they wanted to compete in the job market. I’m not so sure that’s true, and as an employer, I certainly wouldn’t want to hire anyone that didn’t know what they were talking about. It’s as if they went to college for four years but didn’t know a damn thing.There was a worthy research article in Issues in Science and Technology – National Academy of Science Winter 2013 titled “Changing the Way We Account for College Credit,” by Amy Laitinen, where she stated; “Our system of certifying credit based on seat time rather than learning no longer makes sense in an era where college costs re skyrocketing and non-traditional students have become the majority.”Well, apparently I’m not the only one that feels this way, now others have noticed that we need to change the education system, that it is not working, and it’s just busy work for all these college students, and they are paying a heck of a price in dollars and time, but they aren’t learning a damn thing. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.