If you think higher education is worthless, then try living without a degree - any degree. You need that "ticket punch" to get anywhere in life nowadays. Note that education is always promoted with the idea that it leads to a good job, and therefore a nice lifestyle.
Education, therefore, is not dead, but learning is. People seek higher education not to learn, but to get a degree that allows them access to an ever-decreasing quantity of jobs. As more people get degrees, more job openings will require an MBA + forklift-driving skills.