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The Myth of the College Degree

Is it just me or have others noticed that there has been a sort of "inflation" when it comes to educational degrees? It seems that employers require a college degree for positions that once were filled by those with a high school education. Now it requires a Masters degree to qualify for jobs that once only required a college diploma. We have come to be a society of degree worshipers. Many people who are quite intelligent and capable are not even considered for job positions for which they are more than qualified because they simply lack the proverbial "piece of paper". Why is it we have fallen into this trance of believing that a degree "makes the man'? I have met many individuals without advanced educational degrees who are highly intelligent, capable and able to learn new skills and I have met those with advanced degrees who are not especially intelligent or creative. So-, called "Higher Education" has become a gigantic corporation which thrives on the contention that unless you have an advanced degree, you are essentially a nobody, unqualified, and unable to be seen as a desirable employee. In reality, if a person is in possession of a basic native intelligence and a willingness to learn, the possession of an advanced degree is rather superfluous. Most of us learn our vocational skills in vivo,i.e. "on the job training".

I believe we should bring back the "apprentice system". For example, I could take on an apprentice with a high school education and within a couple of years teach him or her all the important skills that are required for being an effective therapist.There would be no need for an "advanced degree" costing him or her upwards of $50,000!! Traditional education is grossly overpriced, not to mention over-rated!!! For $50,000 I could spend a great deal of time with someone training them to be an excellent therapist with 1:1 instruction!! Think about it! So-called "Higher education" is an exorbitant rip-off!!  

I am reminded of the "Wizard of Oz" when I think about education. We need the "wizard" to confer the degree upon us in order to prove that we are worthy and capable of what we already possess as a native ability!

When I think of the cliche college experience nowadays, the drinking, drug use, sex, and partying that goes on, it is hardly an experience of genuine scholarly pursuit. It has become a high-priced baby sitting service.

Not to be misunderstood, I highly value education! In fact I believe that we should all be encouraged to be committed to life-long learning. I am simply stating that I don't believe we should be evaluated on the amount of education we have completed at age 21!! Learning should never stop as long as we are still breathing!



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