Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Who Needs College Anyway?

I have to hand it to Peter Thiel – one of PayPal’s creators – for paying people to not attend college.

The education world is horrified at this slap in the face, but they would be, wouldn’t they? After all, the more people who literally buy into the idea that college is the only key to success, the more money the education world makes.

Thiel, a graduate from Stanford Law School, intends to disprove that theory through his 20 Under 20 program, which doled out $100,000 to 20 young men and women under 20 who promise to skip higher education and invest instead into the entrepreneurial spirit that has made this nation great in the past.

He believes American innovation is dying under the current status quo. And clearly, he sees how college can actually be more of a hindrance than a help.

For proof of that, look no further than all of the college graduates who entered the bleak job market under the Obama administration.

But even during better times, promoting higher education hasn’t done this nation much good in the last forty years or so. All we have to show for our pursuits are burdensome levels of debt and the ability to sound more intelligent while we delude ourselves.

One has to wonder, for instance, whether President Obama – who incidentally celebrated America’s fallen heroes on Monday by golfing – would have been elected if more high school students had jumped right into the workforce instead of first attending college.

If more of them knew what it was like to earn a real living – not one based off of Daddy’s money and government loans – and understood the burden of seeing their paychecks dwindled down by arrogant politicians for unnecessary expenditures… would so many of them have voted Democrat that November? Or any November, for that matter?

Would we have a worse-than-expected, double-dip, housing market crash if we hadn’t sat in more classrooms than we legally needed to attend, listening to professors extol socialist theories and liberal lies in everything from English class to economics?

Would we have become so weak on the international stage that foreign presses of allied countries openly wonder if – or flat out state that – we matter at all anymore?

In other words, would we be quite so foolish, quite so unthinking, quite so uninspired as too many Americans are today?

I think not. And the very successful Peter Thiel shows I’m not alone.

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