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article imageMajority of Americans believe they learn more outside of school

By Andrew Moran     Mar 15, 2010 in World
A new poll released suggests that more than three-quarters of Americans believe people learn more outside the classroom than when they're enrolled in a college or university.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey released on Sunday suggests that 81 per cent of Americans believe people can learn more through life experiences and their work than being in a classroom in a post-secondary facility. Only 12 per cent say you can learn more inside a school.
However, 60 per cent of Americans think that every person should attend a post-secondary school institution, while 26 per cent disagree and 14 per cent are unsure. The strongest supporters of the decision to attend a college or a university are those who make an average salary of $75,000 to $100,000 per year.
The telephone poll shows that the type of degree is split among respondents as 28 per cent of Americans think a four-year college degree is the best way, while 22 per cent believe a two-year college diploma is better and 20 per cent say a Master’s degree is the best deal.
Other options such as a vocational school or even an online degree are not very favorable as only 14 per cent say vocational training is the best way and only 1 per cent of the respondents feel an online degree is a good step. However, 14 per cent are unsure.
Nevertheless, 66 per cent of respondents still feel a college degree is a good investment with only 19 per cent disagreeing and 15 per cent undecided.
The telephone survey was conducted among 1,000 adults between March 4 and March 15 and contains a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.
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