I think we need to redefine success and the purpose of attaining higher ed based on the structures in America. I love learning as well, but it’s for my own personal edification and navigating this hellish place I live in. Education is not bad, but the emphasis our governments placed on education without guaranteeing the citizens a ROI is terrible. Keep it real with us. Tell us there are two systems like they do in other countries and at least we won’t be walking around in a daze spewing fantasies about dreams that are not true.
We need all kinds of people in the world. Ivy league education doesn’t beat the plumber, nor the mechanic when your car breaks down. Having the money to pay these people is vital and it doesn’t matter if you went to trade school or Harvard to get it to pay the man who fixes the stuff with a skill he got from school.