Well, in the case of medicine, "passing an exam" doesnt mean jack sh!t to me. I mean it does to a certain extent, but in the college environment (in this case medicine) real life circustances are dealt with (residencies) studying of cadavers) that cant be taught in a text book. I want hands on experience dealing with bodies and the students under pressure not to make mistakes. And I want the inevitable mistakes to be made in a environment where it doesnt affect a live person. Maybe I missed your point, or missed something earlier in the thread whch touched in this. I admit I skimmed through it. I do believe that in general college courses teach very little in what you end up using in real life, but I believe that the life skills you learn (teamwork, meeting and learning to deal with different personalities in a professional environment in a respectful manner, is useful. As is learning to budget your time, and prioritize issues. Not that you cant learn these things on your own without college, but I think it helps speed up the average persons learning curve in doing so.