I give your rant a 2/10, with major point deductions for logic failures, grammar, and sanity.
I agree, but with the caveat that no schooling is ever a safe bet. At the end of the day education is a rip-off no matter where you go, but it is a rip-off you have to deal with to even have a chance at doing anything.
You know what, that really isn't the case. Prior to 2008, most T1 law grads -- on the close order of 90% -- were getting jobs in the legal industry, or could have if they wanted to. IIRC, my school's employment rate was 97%, with 30% going to biglaw. Meanwhile, even then, plenty of T4 schools had 50% unemployment rates nine months after graduation.
In 2008, when I started 1L, full tuition at my T1 was $11,000 lower than what Golden Gate (T4) charged as its full rate -- $25K vs. $36K.
That's without taking scholarships into account. Also, tuition increases here are capped for continuing students; I think it's 5% per year. (Newly entering students get socked with whatever the latest and highest rate is, currently $36K. Sorry, folks.)
"A ripoff no matter where you go"? Hardly. I think I'm getting a damn good deal, even with new-grad hiring having fallen off a cliff.
What do you get for these thousands of dollars in tuition money[. . . .]
Well, we used to get beer, soda, and cookies every Thursday, but the university put a stop to the beer (liability concerns), so now it's soda and either brownies or cookies. The brownies are really good, though. I had three last week.
The professor you are paying to give you an education publishes their own book that you have to buy to succeed in their class.
With two exceptions, my profs haven't used their own texts for their classes. In one's class, he used his own book because it's the recognized best-in-field. In the other, they gave us free copies in PDF (and the text likely will be best-in-field, just as the treatise one of them wrote is a standard reference already).
The book is generally outrageously priced and then at the end of the year you get to sell it back for about 10 cents on the dollar and the school sells the same book for another outrageous amount of money to the next student.
You do know that you're allowed to sell your used textbooks directly to the next semester's or year's students, too, and to buy them from previous semesters' students, right?