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.
If you go back more than 40 years, you find that few occupations were closed to people who did not have college degrees to their names. What changed? In short, I think it was a combination of these factors: the erosion of high-school standards (which used to bring about at least respectable basic competence in young people but began to slide in the ’70s), the subsidization of college, which led to more and more people earning degrees and thus casting doubt on the capabilities of those who did not, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Griggs v. Duke Power (1971), which turned testing of job applicants into a legal hazard for employers and thus encouraging them to look at a safe alternative means of identifying individuals who might have the right characteristics.
As an employer, I have to agree with all of the above.
What are people's thoughts on the length of time needed to complete medical or dental school? If you read about doctors in the past, they were going to medical school at much younger ages. In fact, in the Anne of Green Gables series, Gil went to medical school while Anne went off to college. They were separate tracks.
I see it as a bit of a waste of time for someone to pay for a 4-year 'pre-med' or other science degree and then have to put in another 4 years+ to attain a medical degree. Couldn't some of the general education and world knowledge learned in college be taught in a medical school? Make it a 5-year degree program.
Why have we decided that you can no longer go straight to med school out of high school?
Griggs vs Duke Power ALSO decreed that high school degrees could not be required as a job qualification unless they could be shown to be actually relevant to the work. I'm not sure what happened to this aspect of the decision; it seems to have been eroded somehow.
When this nation was founded, certain jobs were thought to require a higher education - church ministers, for one. Higher levels of education were also required to teach higher levels of education - a teacher of the privileged had to be at least smarter than his or her charges.
Army and Navy officers needed advanced training in engineering as well as military tactics. Those designing multi level buildings and bridges also needed to be instructed in the higher mathemetics and physics to avoid disaster.
But somewhere along the way, the subjects that people used to just read and write about became fixed organized courses of study, courses that could only be taught by someone who had achieved the completion of that course.
So instead of the local shopkeeper also dabbling in writing fiction, or the self taught keeper of a public journal (journalist) you had a group of people claiming to be able to develop a better person through the completion of a prescribed course of study.
Most kids in college today are making friends who may or may not influence their future career. While I sometimes use the marketing part of my broadcast degree, I run own and run a computer business, write church music, and coordinate PR for several sports leagues - things for which I never attended college.