We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When society and the law removed corporal punishment from the parents and schools and adopted the wacko Dr, Spock methodology of child rearing we lost as a culture one of the most valuable tools we had for child guidance.
I'm not talking about child beat downs but a good spanking does , when applied judiciously, a great deal of good.
Now kids of all ages threaten their parents with legal action brought by the entire might of the all powerful socialist state if they are even required to do a homework assignment.
Of course college is an investment. Even if you don't learn enough to get more than a 1.99 GPA, you have the diploma. The payback is worth it ten times over.
Money doesn't make the education. The teacher does. "Please write that five-hundred times." You can have a wonderful teacher in a one-room school house or a bad teacher in a posh private school. Who's going to learn?
Here's another way to look at it: Think of the people you surround yourself with and what influence they have on you. Are they readers? Do they like to debate? Do they think? Do they make you think? Do they question and energize your curiousity? Do they analzye data and use critical thinking skills? Do they laugh? Do they appreciate a beautiful poem?
Half the learning you engage in is through the people you spend your time with; and if a teacher is one you'd like to spend your time with, you will learn. Money and pedigree matter not. Character and knowledge count for everything.