Thinking About College--and Melville

In her column this week, "Why does a Corvette cost less than a year of college?" Froma Harrop quoted Herman Melville in making the case that colleges had spent way too much on administration and new buildings.
"A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard."
College is expensive. Many of them no longer offer a good educational investment. For years we have justified additional expenses for college by knowing that we will earn more money with a college degree than without one.

BONUS: If Melville gained his experience in a whale ship--and went on to become one of the greatest writers in American history--what is an alternative way that you might consider of gaining knowledge and building your future outside of college?

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