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I think one of the problems in the US is the worshiping of school rankings.

When I grew up in Canada there was very little of that. You typically went to a local university, maybe in the next province over, but often in your home town. I knew very few people who said "It's McGill or nothing".

Yes, there are really highly ranked universities in Canada, but there wasn't the mad scramble of "if I don't get into a top school my life is over" attitude. Most of the universities were middle-of-the-road and you know what? That was ok and people turned out just fine.

There is a pervasive attitude in the US that unless you're going to a top school, you are severely handicapping your future.




>There is a pervasive attitude in the US that unless you're going to a top school, you are severely handicapping your future.

This is mostly only among the upper middle class who worry about how non-upper class they are.


The funny thing is, UBC,UT, McGill and Waterloo are virtually unknown outside of a select few circles in the USA. Waterloo is fairly well known among programmers in Silicon Valley and that's about it.




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