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May 27, 2019 09:06:11


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I spent the Saturday with very good friends. 
We spent significant time debating about the idea of college being good or bad idea today. Particularly for the cost associated with attending one. 

I went to school with full scholarships so I didn't experience the stress of having student loans. However I am of the opinion that college is over rated and over priced. I do not believe that spending the time and money in college - the way things are now in the USA - will have a good return on investment. 

I was a good student in college. My grades at the end of the semester gave me a good reinforcement that I was doing school right. The librarians knew me more than their own kids. I lived at the library all day long - including weekends.
But still.... 
I learnt more about essential life skills the last 3 years when I started several different businesses and failed. 
If it were up to me, I would expose children from grades 1-12 to essential skills early - like public speaking, writing, reading, persuasion, selling, problem solving, creativity and the like. 

There are certain professions that need college but not all and definitely not for the price. 



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    @keni I agree with you. College used to "certify" a person's intellectual abilities. Today I think there are other ways to prepare people to be evaluated as suitable for whatever. I think the high school to college to employment sequence is flawed. I'd prefer that students get out in the world for a while before they go to college.
    Thanks for sharing.

    - Mike

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | May 27, 2019 10:59:28
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      @keni @mikebyrnes Absolutely agree! If someone wants to pursue a specialized profession, e.g, doctor, lawyer, then yes going to college is a must. But for most people, the investment in time and money does not offer a commensurate return in my view. I have plenty more to say about this, perhaps in a future post.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 27, 2019 09:05:48
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      @keni @mikebyrnes @brandonwilson @jasonleow

      I'm in on this hundred percent, university shouldn't be a must. Certain life skills should be incorporated into the high school curriculum.

      But then again, the big question is can schools actually teach all that life demands? Is that too much a burden for an academic institution?

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | May 28, 2019 16:17:54
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      @keni @mikebyrnes @seunoyebode wow I think we're all progressives here when it comes to education. Awesome.

      @seunoyebode Good point about over-estimating what schools/colleges are equipped to provide. They certainly can't teach all that life demands, and I don' want them to either haha...they'll never do a good enough job.

      I guess back in the day when education was cheaper, companies hired by looking at the certificate you had, and the social status from completing it was desired, college wasn't such a contentious choice. But all those reasons have now flipped on their heads. So that narrative of finishing college in order to 'make it in life' needs to be challenged. I'm not against college, maybe just the idea that it needs to be front-loaded (maybe we can come back to college later in life when we want/need it?), and that it gives certainty to a great career/life (not equipped to give that, and hiring is rapidly changing).

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 29, 2019 22:00:53
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