There is an attitude by many of the educated elite that college is the only way to go when it comes to having an educated work force. I beg to differ. From Wikipedia "Learning is acquiring new, or modifying existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information. Now where does that put college. Hmm, one of the ways. I am a college graduate. I have a degree in computer science back in 1979 (old in age, but definitely young at heart). The first day on my first "real job", I was given a self study course on Neat/3 computer programming. I could have done this out of high school. from there it was learning on the jog. If all I did was what I learned in college, I would be unemployed. I would not have succeeded on my first real job. Many grade school teachers back in my day were not college graduates. If everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten, I do not think that a college degree is needed to teach kindergarten. Minnesota used to allow people to sit for the CPA exam without one day of college, just real life experiences, mentoring, and some self guided studying. The Bozo's changed that, locking out potential participants. Abe Lincoln would not have been a lawyer. California was the last state in the country not to require you to pay an arm and a leg to a failed lawyer in a classroom for the privileged of sitting for the bar exam. The beauty of rock and roll was its entrepreneurship. Many met in college, then usually quit when be cam famous, many in high school or less. Parents teaching their children how to do jobs. Research on the internet in stead of the school library. A basic understanding of computers and imagination and digging on a search engine, and you are in. People like Bill Gates and Rush Limbaugh are despised by the educated elite because they did it without them. I have learned more from my personal trainer than I did in years of gym class in grade school, high school and college about how to exercise. And how about independent teachers, those that teach subjects they are good at their subjects for what ever reason?
Educational requirements in fields that really do not need formal education, certifications and licensing in fields that do not need them squash opportunity and drive up costs while incurring debt. Stop the stupid now please. And...when a tax credit is given, who jacks the tuition?