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.
"The job market is so awful now, and people don't take you seriously with anything less," said Linda Ahlskog, a part-Hispanic graphic-design student in Natchitoches, La. Jordan Machado, a Hispanic from Cypress, Calif., who runs his own business, said he would "support" his daughter if she decided to join the military or learn a trade, but "especially nowadays … in order to get that middle-class money, you need to have that degree." Even Parkinson, the Ohio electrician, although skeptical of the four-year commitment, is working to complete a two-year degree. "I'm more than halfway there, I might as well get it. It never hurts to get an education or degree, but as far as going to a four-year college and taking on major debt, you might not have a job when you get done. I wouldn't do it."
There are many factors that go into personal success. Formal education is one of them but probably not the most important one. For a lot of people and in a lot of careers good looks and/or nice personality would be more important. Of course there are very good and necessary career fields that require a degree but even there it's hard to beat intelligence and hard work. A degree does not guarantee success and a lack of a degree doesn't guarantee failure. Sometimes success is as simple as being able to recognize opportunities when they knock.
Many students present themselves to a college (or University) claiming their need of an education to establish themselves on a career path. Yet, once they are presented with the information they are to learn and how they are to prove they have acquired the knowledge they start to rebel, declare the material meaningless, biased, out-of-date, etc. They are not necessarily completely wrong, however they should have evaluated the school sooner rather than waiting until they were already enrolled in a course, to object. The false advertising is done all around, teachers, students, deans and chancellors. I believe universities are meant to compress the time spent learning and improve the odds of covering all the essentials. Students are stupid if they aren't taking advantage of this.