In a post a few days back, I ranted about whether we should be preparing every high school student for college.

It’s something of a surprise to get some support for that point of view from a source like Forbes. The online version of their magazine also questions the need for four more years of school by offering Five Reasons to Skip College.

1. You’ll be losing four working years.
2. You won’t necessarily earn less money.
3. In fact, you could probably make more money if you invested your tuition.
4. You don’t need to be in a classroom in order to learn something.
5. Plenty of other people did fine.

As you might expect, the first three reasons revolve around money and are based on the premise that increased earning potential is the primary reason for attending a university. Nothing new there.

The last item spotlights a short list of people who were successful without a college degree. Which is only a good model for students if they realize these dropouts were very smart, determined people – who landed in the right place at the right time.

However, item number 4 is the concept from this list that should be imprinted in the mind of every child – and quite a few adults. Especially those of us who call ourselves teachers.

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