I agree with you 100%. I am the mother of 4 boys, and although the oldest still has 4 years until he graduates h.s., I am not pushing any of them to go to college. Why? Because I have made very little money off my college education. The one job I had that paid the most and offered the most in the way of advancement was one I would have been qualified for when I turned 18 and would have been able to retire with full benefits by the time I was 38 (This year to be exact).
I challenge my children to find problems that need answers and to create business opportunies around them. Last year my then 13 and 11 year old boys created a business that was basically a handyman/lawn care business for senior citizens. No they didn't make a whole lot of money, but that wasn't the point. They learned business and people skills that will serve them well in the future. My 10 year old has his business plan for his organic vegetable farm ready and waiting for us to make the move to the acreage. Why should he go to college first if that's what he wants to do and it makes him happy?
My husband is the assistant manager at a farm retail store and most (90%) of his new hires are new college grads who can't find jobs in their fields. Imagine trying to pay back student loans, probably a car payment, insurance, and rent on $8 and hour. No thank you. I'd rather see my children do what they love whatever that may be. And if that is going to college, I sure hope they work their way through and pay cash.