It’s the age old question: to go go college, or not to go to college? We of course, believe that everyone should get the best education they can and be a lifelong learner. But does that necessarily require a college degree?
Many influential Americans have done just fine without completing a higher education program. From Rush Limbaugh to Kanye West, Sheldon Adelson, Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Mark Zuckerberg – it’s been proven over and over again that college and success don’t always go hand-in-hand.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t go to college. But if you’re considering foregoing that 4 year stint, here’s 5 reasons that support your choice:
2. Student debt – the average cost of a college education in 2015 is $46,272 per year at a private college. Considering that you have a 50/50 shot at getting a job that requires a degree after leaving college, it’s totally reasonable to ask if higher education is the best place to invest your money. Especially considering you could buy a pretty nice house at that 4-year price tag.
3. Liberal indoctrination – as Daniel Doherty pointed out, colleges “have increasingly become breeding grounds for radical liberalism. College courses, which are often taught by biased professors who espouse leftist ideology, fail to adequately challenge undergraduate students and often leave many of them woefully unprepared for the real world.” Couldn’t say it any better myself.
4. Technology – yesterday’s “must-have-degree” is quickly fading into oblivion as technology makes once essential degrees obsolete. Skill-sets and initiative beat book learning and lectures in a world of YouTube and self learning. Is Vo-Tech becoming a better option than the traditional 4 year program?
5. Experience – experience beats degree. There’s nothing like investing nearly $200,000 in a degree program only to graduate and learn you need 3 years experience in that field in order to actually get a job that matches the words on your diploma. The cool thing with going for experience rather than graduation, is usually it’s a hands on situation and people pay YOU, rather than you paying them for the privilege of sitting at a desk. Of course, probably the best bet of all is to get the degree AND the experience.
What do you think? Is college becoming less and less relevent? Sound off in the comments below!