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 still is in the engineering, science and computer fields. IMHO colleges should be ashamed for themselves and their institutions to offer degrees in women's studies, African American studies and similar programs. What a sham and a fraud these degrees are. I suspect that only reasons they are offered is because otherwise the colleges could not meet their affirmative action objectives.
I struggled with my two years of calculus. Most things come easy to me and I am a little lazy but calculus required study and effort. My first semester of calculus the instructor (a Chinese man) faced the blackboard the entire class every class and taught it by talking over his shoulder while writing out the equations. I almost failed. Lucky for me the rest of my calculus was taught by a Mexican American High school math teacher (teaching college night classes) with one glass eye and a great sense of humor actually brought joy and humor to calculus and that made all the difference in the world.
It used to be, a century ago, that attending college would enhance the speed one picked up what was learned in business. These days, rather than the college "forcing" the student to bloom, they create hot house flowers that wilt outside their bubble.
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.
The senior on his graduation day is not an educated man; he is an ignoramus. However, if he has learned enough to know that he is an ignoramus, some day he will probably attain something like culture, have enough knowledge to be called educated—as education in this world goes.