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I like how the article provides good examples of how more education can be spread through the population without resorting to throwing money at the problem (eg government-backed, low-interest student loans).
The problem isn't not having gone to college, per se, but not being interested/able enough to pursue learning. Last night, my fiancee and I, as college educated 24/25 year old individuals, were talking to my cousin, a ~29 year old firefighter. He is not college educated, but he is motivated to pursue knowledge. He probably does more of what would definitely be called "studying," if he were in an academic setting, than anybody I know. As he also pointed out, his motivation to learn means he's learning for the sake of learning; he's not just cramming for the next exam. Most people I know who went through college don't recall a whole lot of what they learned because they were, largely, learning to pass tests or write papers, not learning for the sake of learning.

The problem isn't not going to college. It's not being taught to WANT to learn. Obviously, going to college is one very likely consequence of possessing a motivation toward learning (therefore creating a third variable in these correlations being demonstrated), but it's not the only path, and it shouldn't be praised as such. College isn't for everybody, and in itself, it is in no way a means of bettering the world. Start at the bottom--get kids interested and motivated in learning things simply because possessing knowledge, especially knowledge you found out on your own, is an incredibly amazing,empowering feeling.
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