gigman17b saidI am not saying that college is bad. (I think it is horribly overpriced) I am saying the idea of going to college to learn has been lost because of materialistic views. I think I would like to go to college to learn a few things(God knows I need to learn proper grammar), but I will never go for "that piece of paper."
I've never gone to college. I feel most of my skills are above average. I have a comfortable income and life. I have always been handed job offers and never had to seek them. I don't need college and feel that most of it is largely a waste of time and money. That said, I would like to attain a few degrees. I have sometimes felt that regardless of your talent and accomplishments, you are viewed with a prejudiced attitude if you haven't acquired a degree. It isn't that I need the crutch of a piece of paper, but it smooths perceptions.
For the usual person, college fills a need for more than the obvious reason of educating. There are social skills, job skills, and life skills that are learned in the process of attending college. For a lot of people you encounter today, you often wish they paid attention through their elementary years. The percentage of people that cannot use "your" and "you're", "their" and "there" etc, seems to be increasing significantly. It could simply be that more intellectually challenged folk are getting online. The growing awareness leaves me uncomfortable.
I don't think you need to attend college to learn most of what you need or want. I feel that you can learn everything you need prior to college, or via resources readily at your disposal. I.e. the library, the intertubes, etc. Advanced materiel is sometimes best learned by way of a specialised school. I'm the oldest of my siblings and the rest of them attended college. I have always been able to help them with their homework for core courses. For CS related courses I was often frustrated that very dated materiel and technology was the focus of the courses. Outdated hardware, outdated software, technology and programming theory long since discarded for a variety of reasons. I strongly felt that the CS courses held my brother back. Four years that he could have spent learning far more accurate and useful information and skills.
There is far more to say but this piece is done.