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However, your perception is not unusual and that general perception held me back early, one time in the last 20 years when I was looking for a new job. Also, I am a naturally curious self-learner so my personal characteristics may have had more to do with my success than my degree.
The fact is, a few years out of graduation, your degree will matter not a whit. It is your experience and capabilities that will provide you security. Having had to hire many people into engineering over the years, I have this to say. Don't get a Bachelor's of Science degree because engineering or computer science pays well, get that degree because that's what you are or what you want to be.
In your specific case, all you need is a piece of paper that says you stuck out a degree program to satisfy your need and that of those who might hire you. If you describe yourself accurately, you won't get much from any undergraduate degree program.
However, the less critical humanities (history and other social sciences, etc.) are also more important than you may think. Again, for career advancement you need to interact with people. Who exactly do you think those people are? Is it possible they may have interests beyond the work at hand, that you may need to form relationships to gain what you want out of your career? Do you think they might work in other disciplines (accounting, management, sales?) Maybe you will even need to interact with customers. Being a bit worldly goes a long way towards interacting with people you hardly know, at first. If all you are fit to discuss is your work, you will be boring company, indeed, and a poor communicator.
Finally, breadth of education lends a certain variation and inspiration to your thinking. If you think Art History is all about looking at pretty pictures and memorizing names and dates, you miss the point of the class. Each of those artists had problems to solve related to the technology of the day. Many of those artists became of historical interest because they saw the world in a unique way. Many of them changed the way we see the world. As a brief example, compare the human figures present in the art of the ancient world to that of the 15th century. In that time span, humans had to learn how to change the way they thought about what they saw so that images of humans went from being symbolic to being realistic. It wasn't about pretty pictures, it was about advancing the state of thinking.
I work in a technical field. I hire technical people. I vastly prefer to hire Bachelors fresh-outs than PhD.s even though PhD.s have a far higher concentration of relevant education. The reason why is simple, outstanding Bachelor's fresh-outs have shown the ability to adapt their thinking and learn a breadth of topics. Outstanding PhD.s have shown the ability to excel in a very narrow category and please their professors specific interests. It turns out that when I hire them, within a year each is as productive as the other, but I have to pay the PhD. 2 grades higher salary. I WILL test your knowledge about many things when I interview you and at least one of the scales I will grade you on will be your out-of-the box thinking, something you will learn nothing about pursuing an on-topic only degree.
Finally, for better or worse, until you have a reputation behind you (roughly 10 years of continuous employment, with references) your resume is what will get you called in for the interview. If your resume does not let me know that you are a well-rounded individual, you will be unlikely to make it in for the first interview. For every self-taught genius that I miss out on, there are 100's of self-aggrandizing morons. I will not take your word for it that you have what it takes, I need other people to stand up and say that you've proven yourself. A BSc on your resume, at least, begins to tell me that.
Reliability, that's what. Not that 1.6 is inherently more reliable than 2.2. It is that 1.6 has been fully verified by the manufacturer to run reliably on their hardware. There is a cost to doing such verification so for some phones, especially ones toward the end of life, verifying them for 2.2 will not happen. This is a large part of the reason why a new Android OS release isn't instantly available for your phone when Google releases to the general market.
In any case, I don't believe the formal definitions of the words have yet changed so you are incorrect. Read a dictionary for usage and compare "less" and "fewer" and become less ignorant.
My children both attended private schools for a couple of years. The first school was possibly the best in the city, curriculum-wise. When we found that my daughter had a bit of trouble with reading and was falling behind, they had nothing for her except to tell us to seek private tutoring. We tried another private, all-girls school for her and had only a little better success. When my son, on the other hand, progressed so rapidly he out-paced the class, again they had had nothing for him but to advance him long before he was emotionally ready. Therefore, he languished in boredom like you hear about in public school.
When a pay cut came along for me in the downturn, I had was forced to move them both to public school, a solution I was already considering for my daughter due to the availability of reading specialists. Both are now flourishing in an environment that has a far greater variety of challenges for my son and the help my daughter needed (she now reads above grade level.) This is certainly not what I thought I'd learn, but there you have it.
Private schools have many trade-offs aside from the additional cost.
So, given all this, what is it about the effort described in this story that makes it more "open source" than your typical house?