And this wins the award for the dumbest thing I’ve seen on the internet today.
It’s not that I’m one of those that thinks that every single person in the country should go to college lest they become worthless loafers and drags on society. I fully support trade schools, apprenticeships, and other means of continuing education and bettering your knowledge base - and other means are out there! But they are not the internet alone.
Also, let’s not forget that continued education and study is not all about memorizing facts or learning the newest business etiquette trend. It’s about learning how to learn. You learn how to interact with people and gain the valuable experience of sharing ideas, in real time, with real people. A lot of times, you can tell the high-school-only types from the training-education-beyond-high-school types not by their respective knowledge bases, but by how they interact with people and process new ideas and information.
Actually, I have another reason for letting this old hat Libertarian/Neo-con argument rile me up right now that hits close to home - literally. My newly elected Republican governor is on a campaign “to adjust [the state’s] education curriculum to what business and commerce needs to get our kids jobs, as opposed to moving back in with their parents after they graduate.” Ie, he wants to can liberal arts and cultural studies at state institutions in favor of more business classes.
I wrote a while back about the stigma placed on those of us with academic liberal arts backgrounds, and the trials we face in not only trying to overcome those stigmas, but with dealing with people who simply didn’t get the benefits of learning to learn the same way we did. I would like it if you checked it out.
Side Note: IMHO the “moving back in with their parents” thing is more of a cultural failing than an educational one, so his basic argument’s base comes from a flawed premise. But that’s a topic for a different day.