Michael Cox Posted almost 3 years ago Should degrees have "patches"? Interesting idea, patching a degree... I have supposed that the point of education was to teach you how to expand learning on your own. I will ask you to consider your idea carefully as it could introduce educational 'red-lining' - that being the existent of a real constraint of time/funding toward patching. Should people be penalized because they chose to make a family? Further, I see job postings now that require a degree with salaries that cannot fund an average college loan debt. Given that unfortunate reality, I could support your concept, but only in conjunction with a plan which reduces the cost of a college education to nearly zero. Such a plan reduces the initial burden of education, and removes any financial penalty later for persons wishing a family life.