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    Too Many Americans Are Going to College

    By kyle | December 18, 2017

    When two-thirds of college graduates fail to achieve the ranking of proficient on a basic literacy test, it’s time to rethink higher ed. A column.

    Topics: Movies | 4 Comments »

    4 Responses to “Too Many Americans Are Going to College”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      December 20th, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Affirmative Action

    2. kishke Says:
      December 21st, 2017 at 12:42 am

      True to an extent, but not entirely. STEM degrees, for example, signify the acquisition of actual knowledge, without which it would be impossible to do the job. Some education degrees do the same, as do psychology degrees. Medical degrees, obviously. And so on.

    3. Obama bin Biden Says:
      December 22nd, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Affirmative Action.

    4. Hedge Says:
      December 25th, 2017 at 4:47 am

      Too many occupations require useless credentialing to gain entry. Too many occupations are now offered advance degrees terminating in PhD’s. A relative is pursuing a PhD in Dental Hygiene..I asked her what exactly she learned with her Master’s degree and she was unable to tell me. My niece got a Business Degree with Accounting concentration and must complete a mandatory 5th year before she is allowed to sit for the CPA exam. She was also unable to discuss simple supply and demand interaction with me. Higher Education is a leviathan which sole purpose seems to be ensuring its own survival and expansion rather than edifying the paying customers. It is coming upon an epic market adjustment.