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.
It depends on what college is for, and it seems to have many purposes these days including that of a long adolescent vacation. With coeducation, a heck of a lot of undergrad higher ed seems social and recreational. I have nothing against climbing walls or sex, however. Within reason, but is anything with adolescents within reason?
Half of it is learning to be an adult in a safe place...getting yourself up in the morning, staying on top of homework, figuring out how to deal with crummy roommates, etc.
The other half is actually working for my kids...learning how to think for themselves and debate. Yes, it is still out there, folks. I have had more intelligent conversations with my kids since they went to college than I ever did when they were at home.
Great place to stretch their wings, find their place.
Half of everything is wasted (given good management) — Third Law of Waste.
It depends on what college is for, and it seems to have many purposes these days including that of a long adolescent vacation.
For much of history, a college education was for class signaling and networking with others of the upper classes. If you could say a few phrases in Greek or Latin, people thought you belonged in the upper classes, and treated you accordingly, especially if you were on a first name basis with the heir to the Baron Fitzwater or the now Earl of Devon.
Jordan Petersons piece on what every student should hear is probably the defining point of what a student should learn in university...being immersed in western civilization and learning to think and making the world a better place. That is no longer a part of university life. His other recommendation was trade school...opt for a good trade at this time in the education institutions.