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.
There are plenty of provocative ideas in this piece in The American Thinker that make sense to me. Education cannot be bought, even though it is marketed as if it could be. Credentials can be - and nowadays, must be - bought, but not education. All education is self-education.
I just saw a pretty good movie called, ' Something the Lord Made', the other night. It was the story of a black man in the 1930s who taught himself to be an uncredentialed pioneering heart surgeon. In todays world, unfettered by racism this man would have had no problem being credentialed.
But you hit the nail on the head in your last sentence: " All education is self-education". All you need is the desire to learn and I think our present educational system fails to instill that desire in our students today.