Stop Selling a College Education as the Only Path to Success
In a recent survey of American teachers, it was reported that 76% of middle school students say that they plan to pursue a college degree or higher, but in actuality, only 28% of these students will actually attend a university or community college. Furthermore, according to the book Workforce 2020: Work and Workers in the 21st Century by Richard Judy and Carol D’Amico, only 20% of jobs by 2020 will require a four year degree, while 65% will require an associate’s degree or advanced training.
A college degree is indeed a worthy pursuit, but if there is no job at the end, then what? Providing our youth with the information they need to make an informed decision about their future is critical, and pushing everyone toward the same goal does not serve our youth or the country.
There has been a lot of news out there recently about students and their debt from student loans. Katrina Kersch raises a good point: "I cannot help but think that one of the solutions to this problem is to stop selling a college education as the only path to success."