I've always been mad about tuition prices and degree dumping. I honour the public school system to a point until it becomes unfair.
In an article by webucator founder Nat Dunn says:
Studies often compare what college graduates make compared to high school graduates. For example, this Pew Research Center article
points out that college graduates ages 25 to 32 who are working full
time earn about $17,500 more per year than high school graduates of the
same age. What these studies do not tell us is how well those college
graduates would have done if they had decided not to go to college. In
other words, is it the college education/degree that leads to higher
paying jobs or is it that people who choose to go to college have more
going for them, whether it be intelligence or drive or connections,
already? And it is whatever that more is that leads to better paying jobs whether or not they go to college.
What if, for example, instead of going to college some high school
graduates spent four years studying at the public library? Could they do
as well as if at four-years of college?
Interesting question. How many amazing on-line courses are out there? Webucator has just offered all of its courses for free to the public library system. World Science University and Great Courses are other favorites of mine. I've used them when homeschooling my kids and advancing my own education. I think people should always be learning, but I don't think I can soundly make a career from a seat at my local library. I don't think employers take on-line education seriously. Sure, they should use it to motivate, and improve their staff, but when hiring they want to see your piece of paper proving how smart you are. It's a shame because I also can't afford tuition costs.
On the other side, I am a writer. Do I need an English Degree? No. I took all my courses on line or at conventions. The writers I know with degrees might get paid better, but many times they are a pen for hire and don't get to chose what topic they write about. That is not the career for me.
So sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's up to you what you do with your brain. It can be used for more that just your job.
Most important I want to stress the importance of the library. This is a place full of energy and discovery. A place to set free your imagination and creative spirit.A place to find an answer to anything.