But how mant people are right for college? Do you know how many people drop out of school to include college?
Besides, it's a lie to say that you need a degree to make a good living. Skilled jobs are still needed, and someone needs to fill them. We will either have people with lots of debt fill them, immigrants, or someone who learned the job early and now can make 6 digits because of his skill level.
I don't think this is a political discussion, yet, but how do you expect people in this country to be competitive on a global level if kids are not graduating from college?
I agree that you don't need a degree to make a good living, but how much does it help in getting and maintaining a good living?
Depends on the degree. Getting a degree in art or PE will do you no good whatever in getting a good living in my field. Engineering is another matter. The problem in the US is that we have too many bull muffin degrees. The degree has become a status symbol and nothing of any real value, particularly in the fields where you actually have to have some skill. Of course, the actual professions (doctor, teacher, lawyer, engineer) will always see the degree to be highly valued.
I also agree with you on this. I think we should rid a few degrees as well, but then again I'm sure there is a good argument as to why colleges should still offer Philosophy degrees and liberal arts degrees.
If it weren't for liberal arts degrees there would be no educated, literate people to work in fast food. That has been my experience. If I didn't have a friend in the company I work for, I would still be flipping burgers or doing security.
I took college because I had no knacks that could be turned into skillz so it seemed like the way to go. If I had just followed my original idea and went to school for welding I would probably be making more money right now. (As it turns out, I will be taking some welding courses this summer for S&Gs).
That said, I really enjoyed my experience there and did pretty well (3.8-3.9 GPA, don't remember which). I got through all four and a half years with no debt, just working and living at home. I certainly don't consider it time wasted. But if it looks like you are going to have more than a couple hundred dollars in debt a year after graduation, and have no plans on what exactly to do with your degree, then I honestly don't think it is worth the four or five years in which you will not be productive and earning a living. It's better to get a skill and start making money. Perhaps do college on the side and take your time, but I think that the prolonged adolescence that four+ years of school engenders is a problem for many people.
My buddy's GF went to school and got an education degree. She is 15k in the hole and screwed up her student teaching because she is anti-social. Now she is a phone jockey at a financial company, something she probably could have done w/o the 15k in debt.
As for hopes, dreams, and aspirations, some of yours are a bit uplifting, supposing the word "uplifting" wasn't gay...no homo. But alas, I still have none.