This is not a discussion about how those who go to college are better equipped to the anals of society in regards to a better job or life; this about the egoism of people who think because they're in college or graduated from college that they are better than everyone else, or that they know more about things than one who didn't.
I am going to give you some minor information about me:
1. I never graduated High School.
Why? At the time, 24 credits, and certain courses and tests had to be met for one to graduate. At the beginning of my Senior year I had 16 and a half credits. 6 courses a year, technically by "credits" I only needed 7 and a half. Which meant if I took summer school I could have gotten those credits. The problem was though I had all the main credits (minus a couple of math and one elective), I had 8 credits in Science. I took JROTC for 3 years, which counted as a Science credit.
So, a month in, an Administreator called me in to his office, and asked me to withdraw or he'd be forced to kick me out. So, I withdrew.
Went to a Vocational school where they were more interested in my parents money than educating me. Then I moved to North Florida, and went to a Vocational school there where I attended classes to get my diploma through the local High School but then the state rose the 24 credits to 28, and the Vocational school just didn't have enough elective classes to meet that. I got up to 20 credits, and just needed the 4 in math to get the 24 before they raised it to 28.
At that time I had an 8th grade education in math. I took the GED, and failed the math by a large margin. I took it again 7 years ago with an 11th gade education in math. Missed it by 5 points based on my math score. Then the state made the math part of the test more difficult. Haven't taken it since, and have no inclination to.
So, according to society: I am uneducated. Though I did score high on the ASVAB but barely passed the math part.
2. I have written in excess of 15.000 poems for the past 20 years. Most of the first 11 years of them are either average or just aren't good, at all. However, I have been published world wide. In India (mainly my nature poems), South Africa, and a religious poem published by a magazine in Italy.
I have 5 self-published books, last one published in 2008, which have made me enough money to live off, without a job, for two years. I didn't advertise any of them. I probably should have.
3. I have voluntarily written Biographies for about 50 (est.) authors (mainly poets) for about 8 literary websites online. Some credit me, some don't.
I have written Guidelines on how to service members of varying websites over the years. A few may still be in use. Haven't checked.
4. I have been a moderator, administrator, and a researcher for at least 15 websites since 2002.
5. I have held the position of "Teacher" twice in my life. Once at my first job at a YMCA
, where I taught children, and also held the position of Counselor. And, I taught a class online on "How to Properly Critique" for awhile. I've written countless articles on the subject over the years. Some actually published by online magazines.
And yet, what I've accomplished in 20 years
most won't in their entire lifetime. Now, granted, I haven't gotten any of my work published by a major publishing company but that's because I haven't submitted anything to them. I prefer the meager arena in which I grace my accomplishments. I'm not of that state-of-mind, which is rarely why I tell people outside my field of interest.
But even those in my field, those with college degrees or those in the process of getting them, even with my meager accomplishments, I'm still beneath them. And, they think like this with everyone without a college degree.
Why is that? Is it that they were born with this ego, or is it something they learned in college?
I recently used the word "diatribe" towards one of these people, and they asked where I learned such a word? As if college is where you go to learn words such as that.
One of my students in the online course I taught years ago, thought my teaching skills were that of a child 'cause I gave her a C. She complained to the "Headmaster", and she agreed with my grade for her. The student, who was attending Brown, said that we were both wrong 'cause she attends Brown.
Where does this ego come from? Is it there before one goes to college, or after?
I sometimes write good, and I sometimes don't but just 'cause you went to college doesn't mean you always write good, nor does it mean you write better than one who never did.
My father graduated from a University, his poetry is sub par compared to my own. He doesn't understand why. I can answer that: I've been studying it longer. He hasn't.
I also hear all the time, even on this website, that the "uneducated" (I feel in the sense they never went to college) are oblivious to the realities of the world because of such aspects. Where that may be partially true, I do not think it is wholly true. Especially since many with educations sometimes say the most uneducated of things.