Monday, May 28, 2012
Do we make too much of college?
Robert J. Samuelson has an interesting opinion in the Memorial Day Washington Post, “It’s time to drop the college-for-all crusade”, link here.
Samuelson argues that the pursuit “dumbs down” college education for everyone, as well as drawing young adults (and parents) into debt traps. It also diminishes efforts to train people for jobs that may go wanting.
I can remember a different spin on this issue, back in the 1960s, when I was a graduate assistant instructor, teaching remedial freshman mathematics classes, in the days of college student deferments from the draft. In those days, there was another mantra, “There are too many people going to college.” But flunking out could mean your life if you were male.
Another twist on this problem would be a good hard look at the “for profit” adult university system. Remember the phrase, “I am a Phoenix.” Or, as far as instructors, “Been there, done that.”