A Ku Indeed!

Is College Really for Everyone?

Posted in Academia by Chris on June 3, 2008

This recent piece from The Atlantic is a must-read. Many issues are raised that are central to what we do as educators. Among other things, the piece highlights a difficult question: Is college really for everyone? Are we really doing people a service by making college necessary? The money quote:

America, ever-idealistic, seems wary of the vocational-education track. We are not comfortable limiting anyone’s options. Telling someone that college is not for him seems harsh and classist and British, as though we were sentencing him to a life in the coal mines. I sympathize with this stance; I subscribe to the American ideal. Unfortunately, it is with me and my red pen that that ideal crashes and burns.

(h/t: Les Potter)

Update: There are a lot of people out there talking about ol’ Professor X (some not so kindly).  Click for Matt Yglesias, Sherman Dorn, Michael Ayers, EdPolicyThoughts, Armed Liberal, Flypaper, Ross Douthat.

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  1. Devil's Advocate said, on June 4, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Good article! I wonder what prompted professor x to use Mrs. L as an example?


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