John Derbyshire shares practical wisdom for today's youth, specifically for "academically non-brilliant young from un-wealthy families":
If you have a high threshold of boredom and cherish financial security above all else, get a government job — any one will do. Master a few bureacratic survival tactics — avoiding responsibility, advancing by stealth, etc. Settle back. Life's a couch.If you're more adventurous and independent, learn a useful skill that you can parlay into a small business and take with you to another country if you get the travel bug, or if the U.S.A. folds. Stay clear of the college racket and the student-loan sharks. Keep fit. Life's an adventure playground.
Don't get me wrong, I loved college and it was great for me, but I won't deny that it's basically a racket. Seriously, how much of a typical humanities program is spent reading a book and then discussing it with a group of people? You can do that for free, it's called a "book club". And at a real book club there's a higher likelihood that the others had actually read what they're opining about. I'd probably be evaluating the value of my college experience very differently if I were still paying off my loans, instead of handing them over to the American taxpayer. (Thanks guys!)