Of all the articles so far in the NY Times Class series, the article on college is the absolute worst. Just about everything here is wrong, or based on some liberal agenda not bound to reality.
The article has the basic supposition that college is Good, and if only everyone went to college then everyone would have nice middle class jobs with good salaries and all our country’s problems would go away.
This is patently false. College only benefits society as a whole to the extent that the economic productivity of the college attendee is increased by an amount greater than the cost of the education. No one has ever proved this to be the case for the vast majority of college students.
As I explained in my previous post, more about student loans and the value of a college education, statistics which show college graduates earn more, on average, than non-college graduates do not in any way demonstrate that college has a net economic benefit either for the graduate personally or for society as a whole.
It should be obvious that in a society where every single person had an additional four years of formal education beyond high school, there would still be a need for factory workers, retail store workers, and all the other lousy jobs that are now done primarily by non-college graduates. So such a society would simply have all these lousy jobs performed by people with four extra years of formal education and no one would be better off because of it.
In our society, most people who are intellectually capable of succeeding at college do in fact attend and graduate from college. For this we must thank the SAT, a test which the article wrongly mentioned in a negative light. (Liberals hate the SAT because liberals worship equality, and the SAT shows that we are not all intellectually equal.) No modern institution has done more for class mobility than the SAT. Thanks to the SAT, a student from an economically deprived background can demonstrate that he is intelligent enough to succeed in college. (I’ve previously expressed concerns that the new SAT is a step backwards in this regard.)