Preparing for College

"Skip College." -- Two Viewpoints

There are two sides to most coins. For the “you gotta go to college” coin, the flip side seems to be getting more diametrically opposed. There’s a significant amount of data out there that reveal how much more one can earn over a lifetime with at least a four-year degree in one’s arsenal. Then there are the arguments against college, coming from such people as Salon.com’s Matthew Saccaro whose rant’s headline states, ” Just say no to college! Why it’s the worst decision a young American can make. For today’s grads, a job is no sure thing, but decades of debt may be. And don’t get me started on the ‘education.'”

For the sake of being fair and balanced here, I’d like to give some exposure to two voices from the skip-college side of the coin. I’ve presented a number of pro-college articles in the past, but now I think we’re seeing a grassroots swell in the “College ain’t necessarily the answer” mindset. I think it prudent to give some (at least superficial) consideration to that point of view.

The prime components comprising anti-college thinking stem from several core realities these days:

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