A) you learn very little that you use in real life
B) you are so burdened by debt that you can’t use your new-found
knowledge to create real freedom and joy for yourself
C) a young person can use their energy in many other ways than just college.
Q: Do you think that nothing well worth learning is taught in college? Or is it the fact that students might not be willing to learn?
Q: Do you think you learned anything when you went to college? Or do you think you could have learned more if you chose not to go to college?
Computer Science and learned how to program. I thought I was a very good programmer when I graduated college. I prided myself into thinking I was the best since I was sure I was better than any of my classmates. While I was in college I programmed computers to play chess, I wrote papers that were published in international conferences on artificial intelligence, I got As in every practical programming-related class (other than Fortran, ugh!), and then, by the way, I got a full scholarship to go to graduate school for two years. Then, when I finally had a job in the “real world” at HBO, the television network, my programming was so bad (awful!) I had to go to courses offered at AT&T for two months in order to get my programming in shape. And even then I was still nowhere near ready to do real programming in the real world. It probably took about another six months of daily effort to learn how to really program. I had the passion for computers and I’m sure if all I had done were those AT&T courses right from the beginning I would’ve been fine.
Q: Do you have any advice for students who are in college right now and feel like they aren’t getting anything out of their education?
Q: Are there many people who disagree with your thoughts? Agree? How do people react when they first hear what you have to say?
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?