The Great College Degree Scam

Richard Vedder, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Dec 10, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Richard Vedder cites statistics showing that a significant number of college graduates are working in jobs that do not require a college degree, and then observes, "the push to increase the number of college graduates seems horribly misguided from a strict economic/vocational perspective." It is keeping people out of the workforce, being used as a terribly inefficient screening system by employers, and of course not compensating students themselves for their effort and expense. And yes, if we view education as nothing more than preparation for employment, this argument could be made. But the other thing about an education is that it is enlightening, liberating and empowering. Yes, we should make the system more efficient and affordable. But what we should not give up on is the idea that every person has a basic right to access the sum total of human knowledge, development and culture.
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