And your logic doesn't make sense. I don't know where you went to college but let's say it was ranked #100 on best colleges in the world. A respectable rank and graduating from there is an accomplishment but does that mean everyone who graduated from the 99 schools ranked above is smarter than you? By your theory, yes.
And no one is discouraging college, like I said before I am in college so clearly I think it's good for me and I wouldn't discourage anybody from going this route. But if someone told me "School isn't for me I am going to do (________)" then who am I to say, "That's dumb you shouldn't do that school worked for me it will work for you. And if you don't go to college you'll always be dumber than me"
To be honest I have learned a lot in my almost 3 years of college but I havent learned much more than I would have had I stuk my self in a library for 3 years. To be honest I am using college for what it has now become, a networking facility. Yes I am gaining the basic skills needed in my profession but I use it to network so that when I go out I can be advanced in my profession. Also this little piece of paper doesn't tell me I am smarter than anyway but it's going to open a door that otherwise would be close. Going to college is a more intelligent business move? I'll give you that. Going to college makes you more intelligent than the next man or woman? Naw I can't give you that G.
If you take the same person with the same DNA and send them to college they are going to learn more. But if you took two different people you wouldn't know whose smarter.
To make it easier for you to understand edit my post and instead of "average person" put "Person X". Then read the 2nd statement where i say "smarter than the next man or woman. It should click in your mental now.
It wouldn't hurt, in fact it is absolutely a plus in the working world. But that does not mean someone is smarter because they have a degree. The previous president of the multi million dollar company I work for who retired and made more money then anyone I know was the smartest person I have ever met. He could take any contract and read it and find any and all loop holes that could possibly come back and bite us in the ass. The person who replaced him, who went all the way in college, has nothing on the other guy.
There are many circumstances that can make it impossible for someone to go to college, it does not make them less smart then someone who's family has the money to put them through school.
certainly, having a degree will benefit your chances of getting a better-paying or cushier-than-average job. that's not something i would deny. but did you consider that perhaps becoming more educated is an end in itself? increasing your knowledge, learning to think critically, to think in new ways, from new points of view... this can only enrich your life, and in turn the lives of those around you. and the net effect on all of society is undeniable; a well-read and educated populous is preferable than the alternative.
i dunno, this seems obvious to me like it doesn't need further explanation...?
please continue the debate here.
signed, a drunken ivysaur on a ski lift:
Did you tap it, Calmer?