College is not for everyone

Going to college after high school is widely accepted as the best way to have a gratifying life (“College Became the Default. Let’s Rethink That.” The New York Times, Apr. 5).  But is it? 

The truth is that far more young people would be better served taking a vocational curriculum in high school that is coupled with an apprenticeship.  For those who want to expand their formal education, there is a surfeit of online courses. 

I don’t doubt that the traditional college experience with in-class instruction and dorm living is invaluable for some.  But the expense and debt involved overwhelm the benefits for many students.

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