higher education is just a higher level of education in a study of your field, doesn't always refer to university. I was highlighting education as important so that you might understand the importance of 'higher' education. Yes I agree to some extent on what you are saying, it depends on the person. For someone with ambitions in medicine, a higher education is absolutely necessary in today's (well Australia's) society, the person could never become a surgeon, etc, without have going to university. But for somebody who will do trades, obviously university is going to be mostly useless, in Australia we have TAFE, which is a school to learn trades, which I would consider a 'higher education' from highschool. So IMO it all depends on the person, and there are many successful without uni/tafe but in todays society the average person needs a higher education.