Remember Rick Santorum?
Doesn’t he seem like a distant memory?
Well, there are a couple of things Rick Santorum said that I remember.
First, that strong families are the best bulwark against poverty.
Second, that President Obama said everyone should go to college, and was therefore a snob.
It seems President Obama probably didn’t say that, but increasingly there is a debate as to whether a four-year college education is a sound recommendation for all the young people in this country. About 30% of Americans over the age of 25 hold a BA. And the statistics show that people with a BA make more money and are less likely to be unemployed than people who only have a high school diploma. Which is about as surprising as the observation that if you walk in the rain without an umbrella you will get wet. But given the high cost of higher education, many people are questioning the return on investment on a college education.
The Germans have an educational system that many Americans would frown on because German students fairly early on are tracked into a university v. non-university educational path. But the German educational system is very proficient at providing workers well-trained to succeed in manufacturing employment. German firms operating in the U.S. have been bringing that system to our shores.
What do you think? While most parents dream of their kiddos attending university, the economics of that choice bear careful scrutiny. I would be interested in your comments on whether we are utilizing a “one size fits all” approach to post secondary education. Please chime in.