10 February 2012

Here’s The Problem

No Child Left Behind requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Obama's action strips away that fundamental requirement for those approved for flexibility, provided they offer a viable plan instead. Under the deal, the states must show they will prepare children for college and careers, set new targets for improving achievement among all students, develop meaningful teacher and principal evaluation systems, reward the best performing schools and focus help on the ones doing the worst. [Emphasis added.]

The reason the college bubble exists is due in large part to the federal government’s actions, predicated on politicians’ assumptions that college is a universal good to be enjoyed by everyone.  This is, of course, predicated on several fallacious assumptions, including the belief that a college education increases one’s knowledge, that a college education improves one’s intelligence, that a college education is either evidence of or brings improvement in one’s work ethic, and that there is a general correlative or causal link between a nation’s collective level of education and its economic output.  As such, this continued emphasis on college will only lead to higher college costs, and have nothing to show for it.

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