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.
Education, in the end, should be pursued for its own sake. We learn because we want to know, and knowledge is beautiful even if it isn’t ‘used.’ Now more than ever, a person can learn anything and acquire any knowledge without spending a dime or sitting for one minute in a college classroom. This is the miraculous reality of modern times. The potential for a person to educate him or herself is limitless — but we think knowledge must be strictly confined behind the walls of an official institution or it doesn’t count.
I spent 37 years as a college "teacher." I finally came to realize that I wasn't actually teaching, what I was doing was providing structure and discipline so the students could learn, i.e., teach themselves.
And that is the real value of any school. The vast majority of intelligent people cannot teach themselves without some help. So while it is good advice to tell people to read, they won't unless a "teacher" provides the motivation and direction.
And THERE is the true value of a college education, at least in the hard sciences and math. While very few jobs will use much of the knowledge learned in getting the degree, the diploma shows that the student has the ability to learn applicable information independently, without anyone hovering over him to MAKE him learn. That ability is invaluable in many jobs. Can you have that ability WITHOUT a degree? Of course. But how else can an employer VERIFY that in advance of hiring WITHOUT running afoul of EOC laws and regulations?
By the way, degrees in the "social sciences" do NOT count.