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.
I was pretty good college material because I have always been curious about everything, have always read up on anything I did not know about, and have always had adequate verbal and mathematical abilities.
Feeling ignorant was a blessing for me because I always wanted to fight it, and learning new things has always been one of my joys.
One of the driving forces for requiring a degree for a job was the federal government decision to prevent employers from giving written test to job applicants. The government figured that employers would use these tests as an excuse to racially discriminate.
The result was to ramp up demand for college, a rise in tuition and fees as a response to this increase in demand and ended up saddling students with education debt so that they could qualify for a job that did not require a college degree in the first place and does not pay enough to justify the out of pocket expense or the wages not earned while in school.