Charlie Kirk calls higher education a ‘scam’ in new book: Do ‘everything but college’

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EXCLUSIVE: Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk says higher education has “become a scam” and is using his new book to encourage young Americans “absolutely” not to attend a four-year college or university.

Kirk, in his new book “The College Scam,” says colleges and universities are filled with “far-left professors” who use their classrooms to “impose anti-American and progressive ideologies on students.”

“The premise of the book is that, you know, regardless of where you live, whether you’re a parent or a grandparent or a student, there has to be consensus that higher education has become a scam,” Kirk told Fox. News Monday.

When asked about Kirk telling young Americans not to pursue a University diploma, he said, “Yes, absolutely.”


“Anything but college,” Kirk told Fox News, encouraging young Americans to become entrepreneurs and “start a business.”

Winning Team Publishing publishes Charlie Kirk’s new book, “College Scam”, which will be available from July 26th.
(winning team edition)

“Maybe go to community college or technical school, take a year off, find a business owner who is in the profession you might be interested in and apply for a job, go apply for an unpaid internship,” Kirk said. . .

“You know, something that’s so lacking when I talk to employers is hunger and desire,” Kirk said. “What is this piece of paper really going to do for you?”

“I would say, quite frankly, that maybe if you want to be a doctor or a lawyer or an accountant or an engineer – which, by the way, is a huge minority of people who go to college – maybe you should- you go to college but pick the right one,” Kirk continued. “But the vast majority of kids, the vast majority of kids going to college, shouldn’t be there at all.”

When asked how these young people could get jobs without a college degree, Kirk said it was an “outdated resume review process.”

“The worst thing you can do is borrow money up front when you’re not really sure what kind of skill you want to learn,” Kirk said. “And the other thing is that a large majority of Fortune 11 companies have said that kids coming out of college, their vocabulary skills, their writing, their work ethic are so bad that college degree doesn’t mean almost nothing.

Charlie Kirk speaks onstage at Politicon 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images)

Charlie Kirk speaks onstage at Politicon 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images)

“And so I say to the kids that, listen, if you think you need the piece of paper and all the debt that comes with it to get the job, so be it,” Kirk continued. “But I believe there’s a huge sea change, and that’s part of what this book is trying to accomplish.”

Kirk acknowledged that there is a “people screening process you need the piece of paper to get through the door”.

“I’m trying to change that and make people think about it, and studies also show that the degree people got doesn’t even match the job they end up getting,” Kirk said.

Kirk said he wrote his book in a “rather unique” way to “present the facts in the form of a 10-count indictment, as if I were a prosecutor trying to indict colleges before you – the jury”.


“I leave the choice up to the reader at the very end,” Kirk said. “I’m saying, give me the opportunity as the prosecutor, men and women of the jury, to lay out the case, and I think we have a pretty compelling way of doing it.”

In the book, Kirk accuses the university industry of “fraud”, claiming that “colleges don’t teach anymore”.

Kirk is the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government.

Kirk used TPUSA to try to reform college campuses across the country.

He says his new book, however, is a “mix of both” reform and an effort to change the way young people think about their careers after high school.

“I’m not going to stop the fight to try to reform these campuses. I know that a massive shutdown of college campuses isn’t going to happen anytime soon, as desperately as it needs to be,” Kirk said. “But the best way to change something is to get the consumer to start challenging it – to say, ‘I don’t need this. That’s not what is needed. “”


He added, “And that’s something I hope the book will eventually accomplish.”

“College Scam” is Winning Team Publishing’s second book since its launch last year – the first was former President Trump’s coffee table book, “Our Journey Together”.

“College Scam” releases July 26 and is available on

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