Probably one of the biggest disadvantages of university education is that the curriculum is largely rigid and predefined, i.e. about 90% of the courses are a “must” take, and the rest are the so-called electives. So the chances are that even if you choose rare electives such as “sports economics” or “corporate greed”, you will not distinguish yourself much from the rest of the crowd. After all, given 10% of flexible curriculum one ends up taking the same stuff as many other classmates. So how is one supposed to beat the job market when there is a whole herd of classmates with almost identical profiles gunning for the same job? Imagine if instead of largely predefined curricula, the universities offered just a database with all the courses available (including courses at other institutions) and asked the students to create a unique curriculum for themselves? Of course, the most common argument here is that one does not know initially very well the discipline and might be confused and lost and end up dropping out of school. Well, the world is full of drop-out billionaires – I’d take a guy like that over a suma cum laude graduate any day!

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