In another thread, I admitted that I never went to college (I did go to trade school, though I really didn't have to for the kind of work I do). As a
result of my comment, a few members insinuated that due to my lack of a college education, I am somehow ignorant and less qualified as a voter. This
of course was in response to a comment that I made about the vast majority of voters being ignorant to how our political system really works (as
opposed to how it is supposed to work).
I have a real problem with people who think that non-college graduates are somehow ignorant by default. I started off in a very strict private school
from pre-K to 2nd grade. In those few years, I had already learned more than your average public school 5th grader will be taught. Once private school
became too expensive, I was placed in public school from 3rd grade to High School Graduation.
From 3rd grade to 8th grade, I was a straight-A student, but by the time I reached 10th grade, the public school system wore my patience out. I
stopped caring, stopped doing homework, and got by with a C average by Acing my tests. By the time graduation came around, I resented public education
so much that I refused to attend the ceremony. I simply picked up my diploma the next day, dusted my shoes off and walked away.
I could have gone to college. My family wasn't rich, but they were willing and capable to pay for the education, but I still refused. Instead, I went
to a 9 month Pharmacy Technician program, passed the PTCB certification exam and moved four states away from home. That was 11 years ago. To this day,
I still have friends in my home neighborhood of Little Havana (Miami, Fl) who graduated from college/university and still can't make it on their own.
Many of them still living with parents in debt up to their eye balls. The Lord has made me more prosperous than anyone I personally know during a time
when prosperity is fleeting.
So why did I refuse a college education???
The answer is, because I refuse to pay an organization to teach me something that I can teach myself by reading a book. My area of interest in is dead
Biblical languages. For anyone who might be learning Ancient Hebrew or Koine Greek, chances are that I know things that 99% of Biblical scholars and
professors cannot teach you....and I learned all of it from the guidance for the Holy Spirit and information that is readily available to EVERYONE.
I know things about American History that they simply do not teach in schools anymore.
I know things about Pharmacology that they simply do not teach in Pharmacy Schools anymore.
I'm not typing these things to pat myself on the back. You probably know more than I do in other areas. I just think that an American college
education is way overrated, overvalued, and ridiculously overpriced.
So the next time someone tells you they never had a college education, don't pity them, don't look down on them, don't assume that you are somehow
more capable or privileged than they are. You never know what they really know or what their capabilities are. Some people are stupid, some aren't.
College can't fix stupid.
edit on 28-4-2016 by BELIEVERpriest because: Typos