When Will We Ever Learn: College is Not for Many

From the list of things that make sense, but which do not get talked about because it goes against the sales pitch:

It has been the dirty little secret of higher education for decades: Tens of thousands of college students can’t do the work.

Developmental education — reteaching basic skills in reading, writing and math — is a $200 million-a-year problem in Texas, funded by taxpayers, colleges and the students themselves. Private groups also spend millions of dollars on the issue.

But relatively few students who need the classes go on to earn a degree, raising questions about whether money spent on developmental education is a wise investment.

“It’s all about efficiency,” said Jim Pinkard, a program director at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “What are we sending all these kids to college for?”

HT: La_Shawn

It is difficult to force education. For a variety of reasons, not everyone is ready for, or driven enough to handle structured education past high school. I personally believe that immaturity is one of the largest components in this this equation–one of the reasons I recommend that high-school graduates work for a couple of years before attending college, if they choose to go that route.

The core issue that this article points up, though, is that young people are being graduated from high-school who haven’t done the work. Addressing the matter at the university level is a case of trying to bring the symptoms under control rather than putting an end to the underlying condition.

One thought on “When Will We Ever Learn: College is Not for Many

  1. Agreed. I suspect any prof will tell you the most motivated, reliable students are the non-trads who’ve been out working or soldiering or parenting, thought about their future, and come to college with a very focused vision of what they want to get out of the experience (and that vision usually has much less to do with beer than their classmates’).

    Too many people go straight to college and think it’s just grades 13-16. That conception is wrong.

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