When I went to college, I did so because everybody else did. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I just knew that "college" was the way to go because it was just what-you-did to get a good job. My first 2 years were easier than high school, my last 2 years were challenging, and when I got to grad school, I got a wake-up call. But, none of this meant a better job for me. Fact is, I could have started working somewhere in 1993, at 18, and by this point would have been much more successful. Instead, I have 100,000 dollars of debt, a full quarter of it in interest, no job, and no prospects. Not everyone deserves a college ed. And most colleges don't teach at a college level.
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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