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 have been telling my college students this for almost 20 years. College got me the job of my dreams, but it might not get yours for you.
I would further argue that college today isn't nearly as demanding intellectually as it was just 20-25 years ago for me. I had to write my papers myself without the help of any internet sources in those days. If I wanted to buy a term paper I had to meet some dude who was selling them out of the trunk of his car (or I imagine that is how it would have happened since I never bought one).
Even in the classroom, I can't ask my students to read for comprehension as I had to because the vast majority of mine can't. The biggest failure here is that I can't get them to buy into the need to walk around with a broad base of knowledge in their heads. "Why bother?" They ask. "I can always look it up on Wiki or Google with my phone."
So while many college graduates DO have that broad knowledge base I was trained to have, most don't see the need and have been passed along without it. I am probably just old-fashioned. As long as they have access to Wiki and Google than can generally find most info faster than they could by reading the textbook or listening to my lecture (though not TRULY understand what they've looked up in most cases).
I tell my students all the time that if they want to make more than I do they should learn carpentry, plumbing and electrical skill. When I get one of those skilled professionals to come to fix something at my house it costs me $50 to $75 per hour. And you don't need to go to college (though you do need to learn as an apprentice and be licensed in most states). But most of my students who fail and drop out don't have the drive to learn something so complex and demanding as those skills.