Hello! I am a cook. I am surrounded by, mostly, people who do not care at all about philosophy, politics, psychology, or anything else that is not cooking (regarding the other cooks) or their major in school (regarding the servers). I am glad to finally find a place where, I am hopeful, I can find thoughtful people willing to discuss things deeper than the proper way to cook rice.
How many of you have little-to-no college education? I could only stand 1 year of computer science before I decided that it wasn't for me. Do you think that secondary education is still worth the money or the time? Do you think it depends on the are of study?
Welcome! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that my education provided me with perspective and opportunities, however not the kind of information I would classify as “knowledge”, by definition...if that makes any sense! In some instances, it taught me exactly what I didn’t want out of life, much like your experience.
While I think secondary education can provide a leg up when starting down your career path, by no means does it determine where you’ll end up, or how successful you’ll be. There are far too many book-smart morons, who couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper sack these days.
Everything I learned at college was a lie. It's never too early or too late to begin a proper education. There are many reasons for acquiring an education. I've always liked MJ Adler's ideas about it: "Education should... serve three purposes: teaching people how to use their leisure time well, to earn their living ethically, and to be responsible citizens in a democracy." Here's a good place to start if you think you might have trouble with different types of subjects: How to Read a Book by Adler - but any of his books are very helpful as a starting point.