A New York Times article titled Plan B – Skip College outlines the increasing questioning of college degrees as a sure-fire key to success:
“A small but influential group of economists and educators is pushing another pathway: for some students, no college at all. It’s time, they say, to develop credible alternatives for students unlikely to be successful pursuing a higher degree, or who may not be ready to do so.
“Whether everyone in college needs to be there is not a new question; the subject has been hashed out in books and dissertations for years. But the economic crisis has sharpened that focus, as financially struggling states cut aid to higher education.”
After the typical quotes from experts and analysis of which jobs fit the parameters, there’s some realistic advice:
“Professor Lerman, the American University economist, said some high school graduates would be better served by being taught how to behave and communicate in the workplace. Such skills are ranked among the most desired — even ahead of educational attainment — in many surveys of employers. In one 2008 survey of more than 2,000 businesses in Washington State, employers said entry-level workers appeared to be most deficient in being able to “solve problems and make decisions,” “resolve conflict and negotiate,” “cooperate with others” and “listen actively.”
Homeschoolers have a decades-long history of questioning societal assumptions such as college, but more important than the theoretical questioning is the generations of homeschoolers who have just quietly gone about living their lives outside the institutional frameworks, thereby proving the veracity of the questioning.