Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Are too many people going to college?

Something I've wondered about as well.

a) It's not really fair to the person who is not inclined towards academics that college is--or at least is often considered to be--the only reliable way to "get ahead." It would make sense for there to be more alternatives, like apprenticeship programs at corporations that the article describes (or unions or vo-tech schools or whatever else). Our system of one-size-fits-all higher education is clearly a social injustice of some sort.
b) It does degrade the world of higher education to some extent when the majority of students are in college primarily for the resume-padding/diploma rather than the learning itself. Of course, our system also means a lot of $$$ for the world of higher education, and so I imagine not much will change in the near future.

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