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A Note to High School Students

In looking over my blog stats, I noticed that I was getting many hits for searches around the theme of “Should I take out loans to go to college?,” and I wanted to give my perspective on this to both ease fears and advise caution to current high school students who might be worrying about the financial implications of their education.

Just so it’s clear, even in the midst of my own tremendous debt, I still believe that a college education is a worthwhile “purchase.”  In general, college graduates make more money than high school graduates who didn’t go to college.  Additionally, studies have shown that college graduates have higher self-esteem, are more likely to stay married, are more likely to vote, and are more likely to enjoy other benefits than high school graduates.  Read more…

Too Stupid For College?

November 1, 2008 6 comments

Over at Salon.com (see Diploma with a Side of Fries), Amy Benfer rightly decries an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, which argues that because of the high cost of 4-year colleges, parents whose children are in the bottom half of their high school classes should think twice about sending them off to get their BA or BS, since those students are more likely to drop out.

This shows exactly what’s wrong with our education/loan system.  College is so expensive that for many, the risks may outweigh the rewards.  The problem, of course, is that it’s very difficult to predict who will be “successful” and who won’t, and the Chronicle’s advice risks seriously limiting some students’ futures.  Should people really be judged for the rest of their lives based on their performance in high school?  I agree with Benfer’s assessment:

Let’s face it: The kids at the top of the class include the kids who follow the rules, the kids who go to college because, in their social class, that’s just what you do, a smattering of reckless geniuses and original thinkers, and a bunch of generally smart, motivated kids. In the bottom half, you’ll have the kids who don’t follow the rules, the kids who won’t go to college because in their class that’s just not what you do, a smattering of reckless geniuses and original thinkers who might find high school boring and bureaucratic, and a bunch of kids who genuinely would be much happier getting the hell away from academia and learning any number of trades. But to pretend one can discern those who “deserve” to go to college from those who do not by lopping a whole class of kids off at the center, to borrow a recent political metaphor, is like using a hatchet when what you really need is a scalpel. Read more…