street smarts vrs book smarts has always been one of the topic in the success forums ..
so i was just reading this exchange Tickld Mobile - Spread Laughter and Cure Boredom
so this guy is upset because he basically spent a lot of his time and a bunch of money he will be paying back for the rest 30 years .. for a piece of papper he was told would help him get jobs ..but so far has done him no good .
and the professor write back .. that i will quote
"Education is a dialogue between teacher and students, student and student, academy and the world. We focus on qualitative measures of meaning, purpose, relationship, art, thought, and belief. We value person and life as who we are, not what we do. Our goal is to shape the way we think, looking beyond the superficial gains of power and influence to see consequences and effects on the meaning of being human. Education acts as a check and balance system to political and corporate greed and corruption. Education strives for greater equality as it measures success by ideas and expression rather than method and production. It fosters intelligent leadership through critical thinking. It demands self-reflection as a motivation to evaluate and change, and offers a spectrum of knowledge that becomes a laser of invention and creativity. "
ok as i think the professor just said .. that college isn't there to teach you productive skills or methods to be productive .. if you can break down why he thinks people go to college .. .
so basically the education system in the US is k-12 preparing youth for college while teaching them no useful life skills .. and another 4-8 years teaching them something else..so that they can get into a company that will hopefully train them with some marketable skill .
i believe there is value in higher education .. if you are going to build on skill you already have ..and to plug into and develop a network ..which up untill recently it was hard to do without going to college .
At this point the there are better thing about 70 percent of those going to college can do with their time and money .