College Everyone Would Be an Idiot, Right?
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.: Not
All ‘End the Fed’ People Quite Get It
to quote this
whole article from Yahoo News, and so I highly recommend you
read it, but I especially like this passage, which considers how
people might acquire knowledge in a world without the presumption
that everyone should go to college. Why, wouldnt we all be
ignorant? (Quite unlike the situation that prevails today, of course.)
adulthood, youd make friends, acquaintances and misspent-youth
memories in the workplace, online and in service to community,
cause and country. Thats where youd also acquire polish,
a work ethic and a conscience.
bring glory or ignominy to your family the old-fashioned way:
through your contributions to society and your interactions with
your fellows. The glory/ignominy die would not be cast when you
were 17, by a letter of admission or rejection. Imagine.
read, do problem sets and hear lectures as needed or desired
in reading groups, at workshops, on the road, at community programs,
at corporate programs, at museums and libraries and above all
on the Internet. Youd study not to get a credential; youd
study to improve your mind or acquire a skill, the same reason
you go to karate, yoga or mandolin class.
If you happened
to be the rare type who loves nothing more than to study liberal
arts if you were scholarly and somewhat monastic by nature
you might raise the money and enroll in an affordable college
with some like-minded students and a good library.
to Burst the College Bubble.
with permission from TomWoods.com.
E. Woods, Jr. [send him
mail; visit his
website], a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute,
is the creator of Tom
Woods’s Liberty Classroom, a libertarian educational
resource. He is the author of eleven books, including the New
York Times bestsellers Meltdown
(on the financial crisis; read Ron Paul’s foreword)
Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, and most
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