Emma Meshell sounds off on Pokémon, Tailgating, Bellydancing courses (VIDEO)

Meshell added that colleges offering such courses are doing a disservice to taxpayers as well as to serious students.

Campus Reform's Emma Meshell says courses like those on Pokémon, Tailgating, and Bellydancing "show how ridiculous college campuses are getting."

Campus Reform has recently reported on a series of unconventional courses being offered at the University of South Carolina and the University of California-Berkeley, which Campus Reform Correspondent Director Emma Meshell says are “a disservice to taxpayers.”

At USC, students can earn credit toward their degrees by taking classes such as “Tailgating 101” and “Beginning Bellydancing.” And, at UC-Berkeley, students can partly fulfill their degree requirements by learning about Harry Potter, Marvel comics, and even Pokémon.

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”I think this really shows how ridiculous college campuses are getting,” Meshell said, while reacting to the courses on Fox Business’ Varney & Co.

Meshell added that considering how a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are pushing tuition-free college and student loan forgiveness, “this is extra concerning,” to which Varney then replied, “they’re making it much easier to get a degree.” 

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”What this is doing,” Meshell continued, “is it’s cheapening the value of a college degree. This used to be something where you could go and you could prove that you’ve learned things and be prepared and equipped for the workforce. Now it’s just sort of a rite of passage, where people go and they hang out there for a while and they leave and they’re supposed to be prepared for the real world, but in reality they’re not.” 

”This is a disservice to, for one, the taxpayers who have to fund this, but also for the serious students who want to go and get an education,” Meshell added. “It’s very unfair to them because they’re being forced to feed into this just like everybody else.”

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