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What's a degree worth?

Education is approaching a change where it will never turn back, but what will we find around that corner?

In America, college degrees mean less and less, and it seems like what's often more important is real-world experience and a competitive portfolio/skill sets. So the question is to put yourself in the following situations to answer the following:

As an employer: Would you rather hire someone with your required skill sets/a competitive portfolio and no college degree, or someone with a degree and good grades but little experience? (everything else held equal)

As a high school graduate: Would you be willing to self-teach yourself to the point where you had marketable skills and an impressive self-made portfolio while risking not having a degree?

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  • Feb 8 2013: I am about to graduate college and receive a 4 year BA degree. I have learned things I would have hated to learn but now love, and doors have opened in many unexpected places. My degree will inspire me to move forward and to be an active learner.

    I believe learning skills is more accessible than learning undergraduate and graduate studies even with places such as MIT's open courses and Khanacademy. The people I am surrounded by are, inspiring and have been so important in the learning process.
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      Feb 8 2013: I love the phrase "active learner". That's absolutely what college and education is supposed to be in general. Not just filling a bucket, but lighting a fire with stuff in the bucket...and then filling the bucket with more stuff to keep the fire going. Eventually the fire creates stuff to help fill the bucket...

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