Stop Pushing 'College for All'

By Daniel Indiviglio

Just about every study on attending college comes to the same conclusion: doing so generally leads to a higher income and better job security. But this doesn't necessarily mean that everyone should go to college. Ilana Garon argues that promoting "college for all" actually makes everybody worse off. After citing a statistic from the College Board which insinuates that not enough young adults obtain college degrees, Garon says:

Statistics like those put out by the College Board are misleading: they promote a foolish sense of tunnel vision, leading students to believe that the only possible way of obtaining even a middle-wage job is through the traditional, four-year college route. Reliance on the standard liberal arts degree as a benchmark for competence belies not only the fact that many jobs simply don't require such an education, but also that middle-wage jobs are going unfilled due to a lack of applicants with the necessary specialized skills.

Garon goes on to make a quite compelling argument that many young adults should be encouraged to explore technical training for specific jobs instead of college.

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