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.
Really, I've read plenty of articles by academics, like Peter Lawler (one I specifically remember), that assert without a college education, specifically an economically-useless Liberal Arts education, that you cannot be a full citizen in a democracy.
That these supposed educated, appliers of "critical thinking" could see what their statement really implied has always been amusing to me.
Maybe if high schools performed as they used to do, it wouldn't be so necessary to ship everyone off to college.
Granted, I was at the top of my class, but when I left high school I could perform and usefully apply differential and integral calculus, had read the American and British classics and could write a coherent essay, could speak German and Latin (and had a smattering of French and Spanish), had covered everything in physics, chemistry, and biology that today's college 110 courses cover, knew the major events in world and American history, and still had some time for instruction in music, religion, and the arts, as well as being pretty fit from PE every day. There were b-track students who had less-rigorous courses, of course, but they also had to work to be the best they could be (and many of them also studied industrial arts of some kind). Most of my instructors were Benedictine monks, they didn't allow much slack time for anyone.
Today, you rarely find a college grad that has that level of knowledge, and certainly not in the humanities and social sciences. That's why college isn't for everyone--they teach stuff that used to be taught in high schools, and they don't force students to excel even at that level.
A few years later, I found myself at a German university. Yes, they have "free college," just as is being pushed in the US. But only for the 25-30% of students who as fourth-grade pupils showed they had the drive and the smarts to attend the high schools for the university-bound. The other students go on to technical programs or apprenticeships. College is not for everyone, but high school these days is apparently also a waste of time.