Free college is a terrible idea

Politicians are obsessed with making college free for all students (“Does Free College Work? Kalamazoo Offers Some Answers,” The Wall Street Journal, Jun. 29).  I understand the intent behind the movement, but in reality it is going to backfire.

The hard truth is that not everyone is college material.  It takes a certain IQ to handle college-level work, or at least what used to be college-level work.  Yes, grit can make a difference in overcoming intellectual deficits, but it is not enough.  Moreover, so many young people have no idea about what is involved in earning a four-year degree.  In high school they were passed from grade to grade without much effort on their part.  They think that college will be like high school in that respect.

I do not understand why we persist in the myth that a bleak future awaits those without a college degree.  What about learning a trade by attending a community college and doing an apprenticeship?  What’s wrong with enrolling in a vocational program?  Historians are going to look back at this era and wonder why we deluded ourselves.

(To post a comment, click on the title of this blog.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: