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What could be better than college?

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Parents spend years extolling the virtues of doing well in school. The reason? So the next generation can secure a place in a good college and ideally go on to live a better life. But the value of a college education has been questioned in recent years, with high student debt and no guarantee of a quality career at the end of four years of study.

In a new book, Better than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree, author Blake Boles discusses the benefits of not attending college, but building an education through life experience and self discovery.

As a parent, would you encourage your child to seek success outside of the classroom? Would you be concerned that your child would waste their time? If you’re a graduate struggling with student debt, do you question the value of your education, if you’ve been unable to find a job? Or for you, is college about more than just finding work, but also about the social and life skills you learn?


Blake Boles, author of "Better Than College: How To Build A Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree" (Tells Peak Press)