The obsession with a college degree is a relatively new phenomenon. Only after the Labor Department first published the $100,000 lifetime premium attached to a bachelor’s degree over a high-school diploma after the end of World War II did it become a preoccupation (“College Degrees Are Overrated,” The New York Times, Oct. 19). Until then, the government’s involvement in higher education was limited to the G.I. Bill of Rights.
Yet despite the dramatic changes in the decades since then, college remains merely the most convenient place to learn how to learn. It is not an absolute determinant, despite popular opinion. It remains because credentials are far easier to measure than skills.
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