A college education is and by right ought to be a luxury. Because of the "college-for-everyone" foolishness, high schools have turned into glorified prep schools. Further, as a past high school physics teacher, high schools are barely qualified to hold that moniker. US schools today are simply mills in which the student is taught that everyone wins, that self-esteem is paramount, that anyone can be anything they choose. 1. In order to win, someone has to lose. 2. The self-esteem turns into narcissism. What is paramount is an education to ensure one is capable of entering and competing in today's society. 3. You can try to be what you want, but there is no guarantee you'll get there.
In President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address, he said that "higher education can't be a luxury. It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford." Such talk makes for political points, but there's no evidence that a college education is an economic imperative. A good part of our higher education problem, explaining its spiraling cost, is that a large percentage of students currently attending college are ill-equipped and incapable of doing real college work. They shouldn't be there wasting their own resources and those of their families and taxpayers. Let's look at...
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