Bill Gates is often pointed to as one guy who became extremely successful without ever graduating college. The problem with that notion is Bill Gates has always been 100% supportive of college. Forbes recently had an article about college ratings, Bill Gates was one of the main figures in the article.
Many people like to look at US News & World Report for where colleges are ranked. A lot of others can be utilized to: Huffington Post College, Forbes, Princeton Review, just to name a few.
Bill Gates’ biggest reasoning behind the perverse college ratings is that none of the top rating groups use much feedback.
The problem is that it gives credit to schools that attract the best students rather than schools that take poorly prepared students and help them get ready for the next stage.
There are MANY colleges that do a good job of taking poorly prepared students and doing good with them. I assume, there are many colleges that also get good students and do nothing to prepare them for the next stage. I think that there are more schools that actually fail students than actually get them prepared.
I have a history of being a lifelong learner. I graduated high school, have an undergraduate degree, one Master’s degree completed, and one more Master’s degree almost completed. I can honestly say that all three have failed in preparing me for the next steps — either real world jobs OR further education. My high school really lacked in preparing me for college. My undergrad did nothing to prepare me for a job, but did do well in preparing me for graduate school (basically how to write papers). My first graduate degree did an excellent job of getting me to think a little differently with things. My current graduate program is probably the most worthless educational experience I have been through.
We’re huge believers that if you want teachers to be better, test scores are simply not the way to do it.
This is extremely important and true. Education is so based around tests, it’s terrible. Not a good way to do it. Yet, nothing will change anytime soon.
What sucks is…education is required to make it anymore. Unless someone is born-into money, which is the easiest way to be a millionaire these days…the opportunity to be a start-up or entrepreneur is extremely challenging. Education has to be the route. But, now, education is hardly affordable. I’ve incurred tens of thousands of debt. It sucks. I’ve also became more “qualified” for certain jobs, but the problem is, no one is hiring unless you know someone. This is clearly the easiest way to gain employment, know someone. Which, this is also what college does for you. It enhances your social and professional network. You will come into contact with people who know you and know what you are capable of.
Bill Gates went to college for 3 years. He’s taken more classes than anyone else, he says so himself. He sees the pluses of higher education. He’s also taken advantage of numerous free courses. That’s important too. If you cannot afford education, there’s ways to get higher education at a free or reduced rate (here, here, and here– for example). Find a way to get educated. Find a way to meet people. Find a way to be a positive impact in society.
Most importantly, figure out a way to know the things that college doesn’t teach you. Bills. Insurance. House buying, renting, or leasing. Car buying, renting, or leasing. Older age situations like assisted living, funeral costs, and wills. There are all kinds of important things that are crucial to living that all the education in the world never touches — unfortunately.