My high school teachers were probably very frustrated with me. I always did really well, but never planned on going to college, so I never really applied myself. I never took the SATs (of course!), which I think surprised both my teachers and my classmates. I got out of school early, and one of my teachers (a witness) tried to discourage me. Actually, he said if I were a boy, he would really, really discourage it implying that I would need a "real" high school diploma to support a family. Anyway, fast forward a couple short years, and I realized I needed to get some higher education just to be open up some doors. Long story short, it took about eight years, but I ended up with a Master's degree. I think getting an education was the best thing I ever did for myself.
I have to think that the WT does discourage higher education for the obvious reason (bad association), but also because of the training to use your brain. They say that reading the magazines and other literature is the same as getting a college education, but it is not! You are discouraged from critical thinking in the organization, and college ENCOURAGES it.