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Is College for 'Suckers' These Days?

Patch file photo, 2011. Credit: Angela Gaul
Patch file photo, 2011. Credit: Angela Gaul
The New York Times Style section posed this pretty provocative statement recently: 

"College," the illustration went, "Is For Suckers."

It was all about students who have taken a page from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and dropped out of college to start their own companies or decided to work for startups instead. A better bet, they believe, than going deep into debt and graduating into a weak marketplace.

As CNN.com notes, the College Board estimates at four-year private colleges the total cost for an education exceeds $200,000. With loans that can take a huge bite out of a recent graduate's income. 

Is it all worth it, or should students consider other ways to educate themselves? How would you feel if your son or daughter decided to just skip college?

Tell us in the comments.

Patch editor Susan Schoenberger contributed to this article.
Micki55555 December 12, 2012 at 08:16 AM
There are very few Mark Zuckerbergs in this world. Unless your child is a genius with a multi-million dollar business plan..go to college or learn a skill( (we still need electricians, , plumbers etc)..and even the brightest do not need a 4 year private college..often it is best to start at a local community college and proceed from there. It is hard paying back those student loans...even harder paying for a degree you are not even going to use and possibly deciding at 25 to start over.

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