Here's the plan: do well in high school, get into a good college, apply for as many scholarships as possible, study something "practical" and graduate with no debt. Then, spend the next five to ten years pursuing a career you may or may not enjoy and reach a position where you can make enough money and finally be happy. This series of events is usually not laid out so blatantly, but most students will hear bits and pieces of it and be expected to follow it whether they put the puzzle together or not. So, if money is the end goal, why is university the recommended course of action? Has pursuing an academic life ever been about money?
In this article, Kenan Malik suggests that it may be time to reflect on the original purpose of higher education and shift our attention away from the flashy dollar signs for a moment.