Last updated on: 12/6/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Craig Brandon Biography

Title:
Author of The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child and What You Can Do about It
Position:
NC to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"
Reasoning:

“Four to six years of partying on someone else’s dime do not equal an education. It depends on the kind of student you are talking about. A student who is intelligent, motivated, engaged, and has a clear career goal should get a degree and it would be a crime not to send her to the best college possible. On the other hand, the majority of college students are lazy, narcissistic, anti-intellectual party animals who refuse to read anything, disrupt classrooms, and spend more time drinking than studying…

[M]ost of these students don’t learn anything at all during the average six years they spend at so-called four-year colleges. Employers have come to understand that these degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Many of these ‘college graduates’ are functionally illiterate, unable to do basic math and have a minimal understanding of economics or how our government operates. So it is not surprising that even if they land a job, they don’t keep it long.”

“With College, Only the Motivated Need Apply,” usnews.com, Nov. 17, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor and Publisher, Surry Cottage Books, 2006-present
  • Author, The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child and What You Can Do about It, 2010
  • On-air Expert and Technical Advisor, “Unsolved Mysteries,” History Channel, PBS, and NPR, 2005
  • Student Newspaper Advisor and Techer, Keene State College, 1995-2007
  • Director of Publications, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, 1993-1995
  • Reporter, Albany Times Union, 1987-1993
Education:
  • Summer Writing Program, University College (London, UK) 1972
  • BA, English, State University of New York at Oswego, 1973
Other:
  • Craig Brandon is represented by Sally van Haitsma at Van Haitsma Literary Agency