Some of us live for labels, others live for rankings... So here it is. U.S. News just released the rankings for the best graduate schools and programs across the US and as it stands- we must wonder what exactly is the value of education. For those of you who wanted to become teachers you better be applying to Vanderbilt, and for business Stanford beat out Harvard. For undergrad the standings of 2011 are Harvard, Princeton and then Yale. But here is the thing about school? With our economy pressing- what is the value of education.
20/20 recently did a piece on young Americans starting their own businesses during this economic crisis. As a business owner- I am going to lay it out for you:
Education is as only as good as the name of the school you go to. For example- if you get your degree in performance dance at Cal. State Fullerton I won’t respect you as much as if you got your degree at the Juliard School. If you got your law degree at a state school, my instant reaction is you didn’t score high enough in your LSAT for a private school- money doesn’t factor into my opinion because financial aid is always there if you are willing to do the legwork to find it. I will say this though- You don’t have to go to school to be smart, and you don’t have to go to school to be successful. In fact, look at Mark Z. of Facebook, a drop out. This is what I am talking about- the name or the institution of education you attend is really the only thing that matters- unless you have some amazing research that you have completed.
Fashion education is tricky. For some designers school is a must, but for others like myself- I didn’t go to school for fashion and I am doing just fine. Would it help me in the long run if I did go to school? Maybe? But I can supplement my ideas and my creativity through classes at a J.C. or even Jo Ann’s Fabrics. The problem with America is that we don’t put a value on non-institution forms of education. This is why I am an advocate for home schooling.
For those of you reading this- I ask you this... If you went to college/ university... and didn’t go into teaching... where are you at? Did college really prep you for your dream job, and are you living it? I’m living mine.
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