The Value Of Higher Education

Mar 13, 2012

By Jamison Dance

Free educational content is appearing at an increasing rate. There has never been a better time to be an autodidact in computer science. A chorus of voices prescribe or proclaim the end of the university, to be replaced by vocational training or self-driven education. Most of these people are highly educated. Peter Thiel, PayPal founder, has a JD from Stanford. Paul Graham has a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard. They would not who they are or where they are without extensive higher education. The university’s job is to teach students to think deeply about difficult subjects. Students often don’t know they are interested in something until experiencing it in a classroom. The university can ignite a passion for knowledge and ideas that can change the course of their lives.

Jamison Dance enjoys kittens, making computers smarter and the magic of children's laughter. He tweets at @jergason and GitHubs as jergason. He also podcasts on JavaScript Jabber and Soft Skills Engineering.