Mr. Murray ascertains that the post-secondary education system in this country is completely out of touch with society's needs, and I'm more than willing to agree with him.
How many people do you know who barely made it through college, and are now struggling to find meaningful employment?
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."
You would conclude that your colleague was cruel, not to say insane. But that's the system we have in place.
In addition, how many people do you know that did well in college, only to find out that their history/philosophy/english/art/anything-else-that's-not-a-science-degree was more or less a waste of time, as they're now in a completely unrelated field?
From my own perspective, I really could have saved a lot of time and money by just getting into IT to begin with, rather than flunking out of school three or four times. Has not having a degree hurt me in looking for employment? Sure, in some cases, but for the most part, most employers are more interested in the fact that I've got 10 years of valid IT experience than if I managed to stay awake long enough to get a B.A. in something.