"As steadily as ivy creeps up the walls of its well-groomed campuses, the *education industrial complex has cultivated the image of college as a sure-fire path to a life of social and economic privilege. Joel Kellum says he's living proof that the claim is a lie . . ."
*(Don't you just love that phrase?)
We often here big government types along with academics preach that the way to success salvation is through "institutions of higher learning." Of course, its important to point out that both government and academia benefit financially from that notion, so their proclamations should be viewed with the same skepticism as a used car salesman's pitch. More and more folks are finding out that the traditional path to a college degree, or other advanced training, often leads to a dead end.
Also, if its an accredited 4 year degree that you really want, you can obtain one without the culture-rot being force fed you and at a much lesser cost by going this route. Please don't misunderstand me here. No one is more in favor of learning everything we can than I am. I read constantly and attend professional and history seminars several times a year. And there is certainly a place for a traditional degree--which still may be the best route for some--but other options should be considered in many instances.
John Stossel recently had a segment on this issue: