This post is not to discourage anyone from going to college or to get education. However, I don't believe that college should be for everyone. I would be the first to tell you that learning and education should be the priority of anyone who is under 18 (age people who usually graduate high school). Continual learning through a lifetimes is and will always be a personal value. What I don't believe in is that kids are expected to go to college and get a degree. I understand that a lot of companies look for grads with some sort of degree. It is tough to compete with someone who has one if you don't. However, I often wonder if these degree are really helpful?
First of all, are the grads working in a field they studied in? Some yes, a lot no. Yes, college is a go place to find out what you do best and what you enjoy, but it also costs a lot of money. Do you need to spend so much to discover yourself? Some kids are pressured to go to school because that's what is expected of them. When they are done, sometimes they work in the same field, and sometimes they choose other fields.
I would prefer that instead of college, there be more trade schools. The current workforce is starting to become academic heavy, so heavy that they can't find a job with their degree. Trade training is in decline. While trade school does not have the same prestige, trade professionals earn as good a living as "degreed" professionals, some times more.
So for all those who are considering going to college, but also dread it at the same time, trade school would be a excellent place.