At another place this topic was launched with the question - What SHOULD the purpose of higher education be? My family has always given me to understand that the purpose of higher education is to prepare you to get the most out of life, not simply to earn a higher income. I am starting my first year of reading for twin degrees - A Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International & Global Studies, and I intend to practice at the bar when I gain suitable qualifications. This is a five year degree, but I intend, if I am capable, to go on to a Masters in International Law. Nevertheless, I feel the primary value of my education will be the exposure to new and potentially interesting fields of knowledge. My view was challenged by people who wrote stuff like this - [TABLE] [TR] [TD="class: alt2"] If you go get your 'higher education' for any reason other than specific skills needed to advance in the job market to a better spot, you are probably wasting your time and money. All the fluff they force you to take to pad the college bank accounts is a waste, and if you want a 'higher view' of the 'big picture' on stuff, read books, get out in the world and learn, you don't need to pay a college to have a professor without real world experience telling you what he/she thinks or telling you what a book says. [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Anyone here have an opinion on the subject in general? Is the purpose of higher education the prospect of earning more money, or is it the preparation for a more interesting, and potentially rewarding life?