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.
As Ann Coulter said in her column today, there is no reason to go to college except to be an engineer, economist, or quarterback. I might add lawyer but we have too many lawyers already.
Of course, colleges started their downward spiral after the late '60s when college punks took over administration buildings and offices demanding reforms. Just like primary education, this is just another example of something that was ruined by the left.
or working in jobs that don’t require bachelor’s degrees.
No job really requires a bachelor's degree. Some have come to require one as a signal of more potential of success and finally to have become a barrier to success. An engineer or a chemist could function just as well without the degree if they demonstrate the proper competency after an apprenticeship. It is barely 100 years ago when such apprenticeships were acceptable to become a lawyer.
But as the degree became a barrier to keep out those who could learn outside the classroom, so did the "requirement" for a degree. We are now at the point where bachelor degrees in HR and Academic Administration are required to enter those fields. And I read recently of a degree offering in "Event Planning". The latter will soon lead to government licensing to keep out those learned to plan events by doing rather than by senior project.
The idea is, of course, that men are successful because they have gone to college. No idea was ever more absurd. No man is successful because he has managed to pass a certain number of courses and has received a sheepskin which tells the world in Latin, that neither the world nor the graduate can read, that he has successfully completed the work required. If the man is successful, it is because he has the qualities for success in him; the college "education" has merely, speaking in terms' of horticulture, forced those qualities and given him certain intellectual tools with which to work-tools which he could have got without going to college, but not nearly so quickly. So far as anything practical is concerned, a college is simply an intellectual hothouse. For four years the mind of the undergraduate is put "under glass," and a very warm and constant sunshine is poured down upon it. The result is, of course, that his mind blooms earlier than it would in the much cooler intellectual atmosphere of the business world.
A man learns more about business in the first six months after his graduation than he does in his whole four years of college. But-and here is the "practical" result of his college work-he learns far more in those six months than if he had not gone to college. He has been trained to learn, and that, to all intents and purposes, is all the training he has received. To say that he has been trained to think is to say essentially that he has been trained to learn, but remember that it is impossible to teach a man to think. The power to think must be inherently his. All that the teacher can do is help him learn to order his thoughts-such as they are.