The coronavirus is forcing students and parents to decide if a bachelor’s degree is a good deal (“Coronavirus Pushes Colleges to the Breaking Point, Forcing ‘Hard Choices’ About Education, The Wall Street Journal, May 1). I submit that question is long overdue.
When few people went to college, possession of a four-year degree in virtually any subject was a distinct asset. But today the picture is entirely different. One’s major is paramount in landing a well-paying job. Nevertheless, too many high school students still are being counseled to apply to college even when they lack the aptitude and interest. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that degree holders in non- STEM subjects have jobs paying minimum wages while they try to pay off their student loans.
Parents and students are finally asking if a four-year bachelor’s degree is worth the tuition, particularly if instruction will be almost exclusively online. I say college is not for everyone. It’s time to give vocational education the respect it so richly deserves. Only in this country is vocation education treated so shabbily.
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