In a recent article by Sarah Lacy, Peter Thiel—co-founder of PayPal, hedge fund manager, and venture capitalist—presents a case that a college education is not worth what it once was. The comparison is made to the housing market of 2008, which collapsed because real estate had become significantly over-valued.
Thiel makes the controversial argument that perhaps higher education is similarly over-valued. Evidence does seem to indicate that students do not necessarily reap the monetary benefits from the investment in college tuition—53.6% of bachelor’s degree-holders 25 and under were jobless or underemployed in 2011.
The Kona School is certainly preparing students for college, but more importantly, we are preparing students for whatever their future holds. Our Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills component ensures that each student leaves high school ready for every possible opportunity. To prepare for today’s knowledge-driven economy, a student’s curiosity and creativity needs to be embedded in the skills that help them enhance their employability and create and grow new ventures. Kona School students are given training in business development, marketing, graphic design, video editing, and print media.
Learn more about what The Kona School is doing to prepare the next generation of great innovators by visiting our website.