Education doesn't have to be tedious, boring, and repetitive, but it should be a self-discovery process that encompasses not only your intellectual growth, but also your professional and personal development.
I've been wondering lately if our traditional model of launching one's career - going directly from college into the workforce, maybe hitting grad school along the way - is the best approach out there.
Today, a college degree comes with both student loans and career uncertainty. We used to count on college as the answer to the job market, but now we have to count on ourselves to take responsibility for our careers.
In an era of skyrocketing tuition fees, millions of students will find themselves unable or unwilling to finance the college package deal. Luckily, higher education doesn't have to be delivered by a college institution.
Going to college doesn't necessarily equal success, and skipping college doesn't necessarily equal failure. Let's do our 18-year-olds a favor: stop promoting this false dichotomy and start experimenting more with self-directed learning.
I realized that the stereotypes and fears I had as a teacher about homeschoolers were all wrong. These teens are informed, well-socialized, involved in their communities, and all-around mature beyond their years.
As some expensive private colleges compete to fill their seats and cash-strapped public colleges look for ways to handle more students, today's emerging providers will get a second look by college leaders and students seeking quality alternatives.
Now that I'm in the tech sector, I work with plenty of successful people who don't have degrees at all. So let me save you the time -- up to four years -- and tell you what I've learned outside the classroom.