Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla, Solar City, The
Boring Company and SpaceX, said that graduating from college is "not
needed" and that colleges and universities are "not for learning."
"You don't need college to learn stuff,"* Musk said on May 22 at the
Satellite 2020 conference in Washington on Monday. "Everything is
available basically for free. You can learn anything you want for free. It is
not a question of learning."
Colleges do have a value, Musk acknowledged, as proving grounds for
intellectual grit and determination to test whether somebody can "work
hard at something, including a bunch of annoying homework assignments
... and kind of soldier through and get it done."
At the same time, it's probably worthwhile "to hang around with a bunch
of people your own age for a while, instead of going right into the
workforce," Musk said. "So I think colleges are basically for fun and to
prove you can do your chores, but they're not for learning."
The billionaire, who gradated from the University of Pennsylvania, said
that Tesla recruiting information and job postings do not prioritize a
college degree as a prerequisite "because that's absurd."
"But there is," he explained, "a requirement of evidence of exceptional
ability. If you try to do something exceptional, it must have evidence of
exceptional ability. I don't consider going to college evidence of
exceptional ability. In fact, ideally, you dropped out and did something."
|* Elon Musk is a major proponent of READING
He says you can learn anything by reading.
There are multiple books on every Imaginable
I would add:
But you must read with 100% comprehension,
Understanding of the material.