It’s Okay For a Kid Not to Go to College

Posted: October 25, 2018 in Education, Uncategorized
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I never miss an episode of the Tom Woods podcast. For those that don’t know who Tom Woods is, he is a Columbia and Harvard educated historian, who has a highly successful daily Libertarian podcast. For anyone that wants to learn more about the intellectual side of Libertarianism and why many of us think and believe what we believe, his show is a great resource. He’s currently up to 1,267 epsiodes and climbing.

He had a recent episode on college with T.K. Coleman. Coleman is co-founder and education director at Praxis and a faculty member at the Foundation for Economic Education.

One of the most comical cultural “religions” in America, is the cult of college. Now, I have two college degrees. Is there some value in them, a little, but in the broader picture college education has largely harmed this country. An overwhelming percentage people don’t work inside of their college degrees, and I’m one of those people.

Unpopular opinion: You do not need to go to college to be successful. It may help, but it’s no guarantee. 

And if you’re going to go to allow your child to go to college on debt, and not cash, you are allowing your child to commit financial suicide as the cost of college is getting outrageous. I don’t care what career they’re going into. That cost is getting harder and harder to recoup if it’s bought with debt.

Anyway, Coleman and Woods had an outstanding discussion on the ugly reality of what happens in our culture for someone who is willing to question the mob mentality about the absolute necessity of college.

Going to college?

Everyone wishes you congratulations and throws you a party.

Not going to college?

Oh, you’re a loser, what the heck is wrong with you?

This needs to stop. We should want kids to succeed in adulthood, not be drowning in debt because we thought college was a good idea.

More from T.K. Coleman on the topic.

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