Who needs college?

If you’re smart enough to get into a prestige college, you’re smart enough to succeed without college, writes William Baldwin in Forbes.

Maybe a B.A. is worth real money because it signals to employers that the job candidate is capable. If so, there ought to be some way to send this signal without blowing $160,000 on four years of liberal arts courses. Think of all the savings to society if Yale were willing to sell, for a mere $16,000, a certificate saying that such-and-such an applicant was duly admitted but chose not to attend.

Yale won’t do it? Okay, some entrepreneur could step in with a company called Virtual Sheepskin. Send off your SAT scores and an essay to Virtual, and get a piece of paper saying you are Ivy League material.

Some trades — professor of gender studies — require academic training, writes Baldwin, but software, journalism and bricklaying are best learned on the job.

The Philosophical Cowboy reckons that’s signalling theory.

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  1. I personally believe that getting a college degree is valuable. Even if you don’t do a four year degree, a two year degree or certificate is at least something that helps promote education beyond high school. Getting a college degree isn’t just about whether or not you are smart enough to get into a good school; it is about what you learn through the educational process, as well as proving that you have the stamina to go through a formal education. For those who don’t have the time to do a traditional school, there are also online degrees and distance learning degrees that can assist a person in furthering their education.

  2. I personally believe that getting a college degree is valuable. Even if you don’t do a four year degree, a two year degree or certificate is at least something that helps promote education beyond high school. Getting a college degree isn’t just about whether or not you are smart enough to get into a good school; it is about what you learn through the educational process, as well as proving that you have the stamina to go through a formal education. For those who don’t have the time to do a traditional school, there are also online degrees and distance learning degrees that can assist a person in furthering their education.