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.
One of my proposals is for kids to learn stuff anyway they can, with degrees issued by degree-offering institutions following oral and written examinations.
You can tell quickly whether a person knows their stuff in an oral exam. You can ramp up your questions to determine the limits of their knowledge and thinking. If some kids need to be spoon-fed their education, so be it. There's been enough of this overly-costly "college experience" nonsense.
You can almost do that today, but you still have to pay. One of the brightest fellows I know got his BS in Physics from a highly-prestigious university in three years without ever going to class, while playing drums in a touring rock band. Picked up the syllabi, and showed up for exams.
One of the brightest fellows I know got his BS in Physics from a highly-prestigious university in three years without ever going to class, while playing drums in a touring rock band. Picked up the syllabi, and showed up for exams.
A lot brighter than me, and my GRE/SAT scores were pretty good.
Courtesy of on the job training from a startup that paid me corresponding wages for learning on the job, I acquired some expertise in databases- and my salary increases reflected this increase in expertise.
For several years I was finishing up a Master's degree while working on the databases. I learned more from my work than from the courses. Accordingly, I found my work experience more interesting than the courses I was taking concurrently. Perhaps that was the difference between getting paid for jumping through hoops versus paying for jumping through hoops.
Small businesses are good places for acquiring expertise, as one employee may be required to wear many hats that in a large company would be worn by several employees.
Not surprised, the kid was playing rock. I'd be more impressed if he played jazz.
The Poetry of Violence
I got an associate's degree in mechanical design around 12 year ago. What I do on a daily basis would have earned me the title of engineer 30 years ago. Learn by doing is a much better way than paying good money for college. College is a racket run by mobsters. Sorry. I meant educators. The only sector that fails to learn/improve by doing. Is education.
During my pursuit of an engineering degree I never once set foot in a math class, 'challenging' the course (taking the final exam at the beginning of the semester) and passing each time. The same was true of the physics chemistry courses (though I still had to show up for the chem labs). I was no math or chem whiz. I just read the textbooks and did all of the problems in the workbooks. (I found that some of the better texts explained the concepts better than the professors could.)
These days I take courses online from MIT, mostly for certificates (much less expensive than paying for the 'full' credit, but I learn exactly the same things). Most of the things I've needed and used in my career I have learned by doing and learning it much faster and better than if I had to sit in a class.