We Need a New Approach to Post-Secondary Education

Does every kid need to go to college? Well, it depends on what you mean by "go to college."

There is an un-school of thought that too many kids go to college. That was expressed this week by the conservative columnist Walter Williams, who argued that college creates too many people who are overqualified for the work they do.

Last week, columnist Michael Reagan posited that professors don’t have all the answers. His arguments was that we didn’t need so many eggheads in government. His suggestion was that government get its advice from less-well-informed people.

Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Reagan is, well, let’s just say, one of the less-informed people he would like to see advising government. By Reagan’s logic, we shouldn’t listen to Williams. By William’s logic, Reagan, who went to college, is overqualified to give people advice, which is what he does for living.

I believe they both are wrong.

I’ll also go back to my original question: Does every kid need to go to college? The problem lies with the word college. If it means obtaining a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, then the answer clearly is no.

But what if I restate the question this way: Does every kid need to get some post-secondary education? Now the answer is less clear, and I can argue the answer is yes.

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