Liberal movements to increase access to higher education keep bringing up the question of whether or not everyone has a right to a four year college degree. Perhaps more importantly the question is whether or not most people are ready for the difficulty of a four year college experience.
A new post on the American Enterprise blog points out some of the issues raised by recent education initiatives, and while the points about the practicability of some of these measures seem valid enough, other questions are raised in my mind. How do we actually tell who has the capacity to fully take advantage of a college education? Do we rely completely on standardized tests and simply make a portion of the population ineligible?
Yet another question is whether many people will actually consider themselves lacking in the intelligence required to complete their college degree. And if they accidentally complete a degree they aren’t fit for, will they later find themselves saying, “dang, all that learning was such a waste”?
All that to say, maybe we shouldn’t be too hasty in saying who shouldn’t be getting a degree.
At the same time Mr Murray’s cautionary points about the economic feasibility of making college education widely available are shall we say, right on the money. The last thing our government needs to do in the current situation is hand out more free education in the same way it hands out census forms. It’s not a question of whether it would be nice if everyone who wanted a four year degree could get it easily, it’s a question of whether we can afford it. It’s time our government learned to check the pocketbook before writing the check.
But to go back to my question, do you or anyone you know, regret your level of education?