Fraternities & Sororities are Irrelevant

Groups often form in higher education around interests students have in common….health-nuts, jocks, preps, brainiacs, gamers, musicians, and even parents are naturally drawn together because they have commonality. That’s cool. It’s human nature.

A Look Back…

Fraternities and sororities, called societies, were originally formed for social and literary purposes and held regular meetings in which members discussed highly charged and controversial subjects such as taxation and freedom.  The first Greek letter organization was Phi Beta Kappa, which was founded on December 5, 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the second oldest—next to Harvard— institution of higher learning in America.

Looking at the Present…
Today, tuition has skyrocketed and tens of thousands of graduates have found themselves in the unemployment line or stuck in jobs that don’t require a college degree, and unable to pay back their student loans. There’s no doubt that education for abstract purposes aka “for the hell of it” is a thing of yesterday. The purpose of higher education is to teach specific knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied in today’s workplace, accommodating what employers need. Fraternities and sororities do not push this purpose forward; therefore, they are irrelevant.  Not only irrelevant, but really pointless. Why?
  • #OklahomaSAE
  • Binge Drinking
  • Angry Spirited
  • Expensive to join—paying for friends
  • Zero Return on Investment – ROI
  • No Originality — Big Fat Herd
  • Discrimination — Looking down on non “Greeks”
  • Rush Week

TK - Fraternities & Sororities are Irrelevant

With the low graduation rates at state universities, this time should be devoted to college success skills, leading to career success. These organizations have absolutely no value that can be applied to the workplace (the REAL purpose of college). The need for Anti-Hazing statements.  Really???  These are supposed to be adults!!!  It’s like a reminder that you need food and water.

In light of #OklahomaSAE, what value do you see in fraternities and sororities? Is it time to put them to rest?

4 Comments

  1. Linda on March 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I could not agree with you more!!

  2. Anne on March 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I, too, am appalled by the actions of OU Sigma Alpha Epsilon members. However, one fraternity of women does take its philanthropic work seriously.
    http://ww5.komen.org/Partners/ZetaTauAlphaFraternity.aspx

  3. David Wainwright on June 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I was never in a fraternity, but I think some of your criticisms of them are erroneous. Yes, excessive drinking, hazing and sexual assault are real issues that the Greek system faces. However, I disagree that there is no return on investment.

    Being in a fraternity or sorority will provide you with a group of friends for your time at college. Some of the friends may be fake, but you will make real, long-term friends in a Greek organization. You get a support structure that most college students don’t have.

    Fraternity / sorority membership can also help career-wise. They teach leadership skills and how to work with others. Most former Greek that I’ve worked with have been hard working and have good social skills.

    I’ve long been perplexed by the animosity against fraternities and sororities. I fully understand dislike of fraternities that engage in misconduct. However, much of the anti-Greek sentiment stems from jealousy and close-mindedness.

    • Teresa on June 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      I think jealousy is a big part of it! Thanks for weighing in!

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