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Why do humans have to attend school for so long

why is it considered professional to go to a college or university instead of going right into the work force and why do people trust you more if you have attended school for longer periods of time

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Christina Clemence’s Answer

I think this is based on a belief/culture that we have found since we were born

The Society believe that to be a better person you need to attend school and if you don't go to school you are a fool and may even be isolated

But in reality there are people who have a good life and they did not attend school

At the end of the day it doesn't matter what other people say but how you see your self
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Cameron !

Wow, what a conscious question you have posed. Maybe my point of view and advice could contribute to what you may be thinking at this time.

Nothing is set in stone about why people think what they think. Many people trust others who did not attend college. Trust is something that is shown through words and actions and develops in relationships with people. In our American Culture, it is so diverse that generalizing and saying people all think alike and shun non-college educated people has no basis and is no logical conclusion. There are just too many different people in our culture to generalize something like that.

People revere college education because it is a personal and career advancement opportunity and experience. Certain careers require long term formal education because they are complex and multi-detailed and the person will have to thoroughly know, be prepared and be confident in doing their job. It shows a certain kind of drive in a person, one that is visible to other people. Not all advanced educated people are trusted and many no college people are very loved and trusted. So this cannot be generalized, but you can delve into what factors play a part in why some people think some things.

College may also be admired because others may have gone that path and realize the intellectual and personal investment that college is. Some others may hate college because they just didn't care for school most of their lives and think that college would be the same. Many people who go straight into the workforce after high school can do very well. I even once knew a cattle rancher who didn't go past 6th grade and he was a multi millionaire. Nothing can be prejudged based on what path a person's life takes. Opportunities have a way of presenting themselves for both the college grad and the high school grad.

There are alternatives to college attendance as there are alternatives to starting work right after high school, but the choice is yours. Strive for what you are interested in, something that you love and obtain information on what steps to take to achieve it. I hope that it is reassuring to you that not everyone thinks the same about education and always remember that you have a choice in life and should not let anyone deter you from taking the steps to reach your goals.

I wish you all the best !
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RAVI’s Answer


In order to establish why attending college may be considered "professional" versus not attending college, you should first take a step back to examine our compulsory educational model prior to college. States require that children be "educated" up to a certain age with the assumption that it is better that children learn rather than don't learn. Furthermore, it is assumed that learning happens better outside of the natural environment of a child, hence schools.

This assumption, however, was based on a model that existed before the widely available information from the internet and now your smartphones. Schools were seen as the sources of information where you could access otherwise unavailable knowledge, with a delivery mechanism of teachers.

School is only obligatory up to a certain age, which varies based on your state's regulations. For instance, in California, this age limit is 18.

Contrary to popular belief, attending a traditional school isn't the only option. Alternatives such as homeschooling or other non-traditional educational models are available. However, these alternatives demand significant sacrifice and dedication from parents.

It appears that you, like many students and even some teachers, might not be particularly fond of the conventional school system. Schools often act as a daycare center, allowing parents to work without the responsibility of keeping their children occupied. As a result, schools often assign busy work to keep students engaged, even if the tasks don't contribute significantly to meaningful and relevant learning.
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Rafael’s Answer

Hi Cameron! I've addressed this question many times to myself as well. Well, I guess it's because school helps us gain knowledge and skills that are important for personal and professional growth. Attending college or university is considered professional because it shows that you're committed to learning and acquiring specialized knowledge. In our society, people tend to trust those who have spent more time in school because it's assumed they have a deeper understanding of their field. But hey, remember that education isn't the only thing that matters, practical experience and continuous learning are important too!
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