Once in a while I write about something that may strike a nerve with some. If I am wrong, tell me in the comments.
The world has changed so much and the pace of change is getting faster. Things that were staples of life and that many made their living from, are gone, replaced by what technology has enabled. You know like CD’s, cameras, stores, malls, mail, much commercial real estate, gas powered cars – all gone, or on their way out.
Like it or not, it’s happening.
COVID 19 has colleges giving students classes online. My youngest daughter, the first person in my family to ever go to college, sits in her dorm room and takes one or maybe two classes a day – listening to someone talk on a screen for an hour with no ability to ask any questions. Most of the day she is free. She will graduate this year, $180,000 having been spent on her education over four years. I hope she can get a good job.
My other two children (two and four years older) did not go to college and are waaaaay ahead of the average kid their age from LEARNING on their own while DOING THINGS and TRYING STUFF. They spent little on their education, (books, online learning, what they WANT to learn). No debt.
Haven’t they proven that with the right books and an internet connection you can learn anything? Aren’t they the tools they use to teach you in college anyway? Do you need to go to college for advanced learning?
For some things like being a doctor, or attorney you do. And, college can be a wonderful social experience for some, and a springboard for some students eager to soak up everything there is to offer at such an institution.
But the narrative about college as the path to success is folly. What a relief for low-income parents who worry about how they will send their kids to college.
The availability of college loans is only welfare for colleges who raise their prices (because the students have money to spend now and they can raise their prices) and build fancy buildings (that we now know we don’t really need for learning most things).
Never let schooling get in the way of your education.
(Sorry everyone! I don’t mean to offend anyone. The world is changing…)
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