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The Choice - Getting into College and Paying for it
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February 2, 2012, 6:00 am204 Comments

** Why Go to College at All? **

By HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO

Is college worth it? High school seniors anxiously awaiting admissions
decisions might find that question bizarre, but recently some strenuous
arguments have been leveled against the value of a college degree.

Dale J. Stephens.Tyler DriscollDale J. Stephens

For more insight into those arguments, we turned to Dale J. Stephens, 20,
the founder of UnCollege, which urges students to “hack their
education” by finding their own pathways to success. Mr. Stephens, 20, is
a Thiel fellow who spent his middle and high school years
“unschooling,” and then left college after a brief time there.

Mr. Stephens envisions “a world where people make their own decisions,”
where college is not a foregone conclusion and young people forge their own
paths to fulfillment.

We asked Mr. Stephens for his responses to the five main arguments most
often given for going to college. Here’s what he had to say.

*Reason 1: Learning in a rigorous, supported educational environment*

“If you want to learn, college is the last place you should go,” Mr.
Stephens said. “A lot of learning isn’t happening on college
campuses.”

That may sound surprising, given


Source: thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/why-go-to-college-at-all/


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