Thank you for sharing your criticism!

This is the way Our World In Data describes the graph:

Gross enrollment ratio in tertiary education.

Total enrollment in tertiary education, regardless of age, expressed as a percentage of the total population of the five-year age group following on from secondary school leaving.

So no, it’s not like 90% of the population has a degree. This trend is just starting, but that’s the point I’m trying to make.

Right now, 80%-90% of the people who graduate high school enroll within 5 years. To at least try to get a degree, because they think it’s the right option.

This whole article is an extrapolation and if that stat persists, within two more generations, 90% of the population will have attended college. Again, not necessarily attained a degree, but they started.

That’s enough to say pressure to get a degree is higher and more people take that route than used to.

It seems you’ve had a college education and benefitted from it. That’s good. But I can tell you from my experience that not all colleges, actually, most of them, don’t teach you how to learn and how to think scientifically first.

Especially in Germany, where college is much more designed around self-study. You can get through the whole thing with bulk memorizing facts and little else. I, too, learned more about how to learn, but it was mostly thanks to a few people, my own efforts, and a few accidental encounters.

I agree with you that the things you mention are important, but I don’t think schools are even remotely deliberate enough in prioritizing them.

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