It’s good to know that someone finally sees through the claims made about the pecuniary value of a four-year degree (“The Overhyped College Dropout ‘Scandal,” the Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Dec. 6). George Leef exposes the truth about what goes on in higher education today, refusing to accept the claim that colleges aren’t doing enough to get students “across the finish line.”
The fact is that far too many young people are not college material. They lack the intelligence, motivation, and study habits to handle real college-level work. They’ve been misled by just about everyone in their lives. The wage premium attached to a degree depends on the major for the most part. Even those who graduate don’t earn as much as many high school graduates when the cost of paying back loans is factored in.
But because students are seen as consumers, colleges lean over backward to push them through. As a result, a sheepskin today doesn’t mean what it did decades ago when we were more realistic about higher education. For most high school students, vocational education, coupled with an apprenticeship, is a better choice than incurring heavy debt in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
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