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For Most People, College is a Waste of Time


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Outside a handful of majors, such as engineering and some of the sciences, a bachelor's degree tells an employer nothing except that the applicant has a certain amount of intellectual ability and perseverance. Even vocational majors like business administration can mean anything from a solid base of knowledge to four years of barely remembered gut courses.

A better method might be, instead of better degrees, no degrees at all. Young people entering the job market could have a known, trusted measure of their qualifications -- a certification, not a degree. The CPA exam that qualifies certified public accountants for example, is used nationwide, is thorough, and a passing score indicates authentic competence.


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