We've all spotted the bump sticker (... typically on the back of a teacher's car) or heard a grandparent say it: "You think education is expensive? Try ignorance." I wouldn't trade my college experience for anything, but for some the traditional 4-year college experience is colossal waste of time and money. With a 15% average nationwide increase over the past two years and no signs of stopping, the cost is only getting worse. In the long run, some people would be better off spending ages 19 - 22 gaining hands-on experience in the workforce vs. a four-year post-high school booze-and-coed vacation from reality.
In the best rant you'll hear today, John at vlogbrothers contemplates the pros and cons of shelling out a couple hundred Ks for a university education. His money-shot quote: "It's from my experience that maximizing income is a hell of a lot less important than maximizing passion and fulfillment in your life, both professionally and personally. Whether you're studying electrical engineering or poetry, college isn't about maximizing income, it's about finding and becoming a better and more informed observer of the universe." Agree with his points? Disagree vehemently? Let's discuss in the comments.