…Is that too many employers think it’s necessary.

Great article in The Atlantic, with this brilliant paragraph which sums up what I’ve been saying about education for a while now:

So why is there demand for education if it’s so unnecessary? Because make no mistake: employers do want smart employees. You don’t want to hire someone to whom you have to explain something three times before he or she gets it. Or worse, you don’t want to hire someone who will never be able to grasp that thing, due to inferior reasoning ability. As a result, a college degree has become a proxy for determining whether a job applicant has a minimum level of intelligence necessary to perform a job. But with many private college educations exceeding $120,000 these days, that’s a pretty expensive means for identifying adequate intelligence.

Is college a good idea? It can be, for a host of reasons. Education, in and of itself, can be a good thing (as long as it’s not indoctrination, as mine was). It can be a stepping stone for a life of independence. It’s a great place to meet people, and especially smart people, if one happens to be smart.

But many of those goals can be met in other ways, and I certainly would never go into major debt for a college education! If only employers would come up with another way to hire people…