posted on Jan, 7 2006 @ 06:57 PM
My perspective is that of one who chose not to go to college and may not fully apply to this thread, but I thought I'd share anyway.
I was homeschooled until 18, the last few years of that being mostly self-education on everything but grading. Being an innately curious person, this
worked very well for me. In addition to the basics everyone should know, I learned something even more important - the ability to learn and find
information on my own. Within a few years, most people forget a large portion of the facts they spent so much time on in school. If one is taught to
learn independently, they don't neccessarily need to know so many facts. When the time comes that such things apply, they just do a few minutes of
research and there you are.
Anyway, coming back to the subject at hand, I had the opportunity to go to college free of charge at the university where my mother is employed but
decided against it. Why? In my particular case, I sat in on various classes as I grew up, up until two years ago, so I was already exposed to most
of what that school had to teach on the subject of art. And, being an independent person, I find it more efficient to buy a book on a particular
subject and learn by doing in a few weeks rather than waste several months on it.
Note that I don't believe this is necessarily appropriate for everyone. Some people flourish in a traditional educational environment and some
prefer other methods. It depends on the person.