Elon Musk: Graduating from a college ‘not needed,’ ‘they’re not for learning’

Nicholas Ballasy:

“You don’t need college to learn stuff,” Musk said 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.”