Is a higher education degree worth it?

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College is usually worth it, but not always, it transpires. And what you study matters far more than where you study it.

I agree that what you study matters more than where you study it. In my opinion education should be free — everyone deserves the chance to learn something. On the other hand, one thing universities offer than MOOCs do not, is the opportunity to learn to coexist with other people — to collaborate in person and to share the same space and resources for an extended period of time. This, as it turns out, is a vastly underrated and important skill that makes living out in the real world a lot more pleasant and productive. So, to me the “worth” of a degree goes beyond the money you make with it. And I’m a fan of measuring life in terms of Gross National Happiness, not GNP.

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