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June 08, 2011

What's Post-Secondary Education

The 'debate' over whether all students need a four-year degree seems somewhat pointless. Of course they don't. But given the number of jobs that will require post-secondary work, it seems clear that high schools are not doing a good job preparing students for that reality. At some community colleges...

June 05, 2011

Education and the Recession

In the Times: the Blue-Collar recession.

May 10, 2011

The Do-You-Need-College Debate

The Hechinger Report offers links to recent reporting, most of it weighing against the need for college. I see nothing that changes my position that college is the new high school. Students need some kind of post-secondary education to compete. A better way to frame the debate would be: Who actually...

April 11, 2011

Is College Worth It, Despite the Debt?

An interesting addition to the debate over how many young people need a college degree of some type. In short, like it not, college has become the new high school. Lumina is an advocate on this issue.

March 25, 2011

How Important is Education?

Interesting WSJ story on Portugal.

March 07, 2011

More Debate on the Value of a Degree

Paul Krugman in the Times. (Which men are not earning at the same rate as women.) Does this mean degrees matter less? Much of this debate misses the point by measuring only the four-year degree, overlooking the reality that even many blue collar jobs require post-high school study of some kind.

February 02, 2011

More on the Push for Career Training

Too many students being launched into four-year colleges? That's an easy argument to make. What's not so easy is to focus on the real deficit, which is preparing K-12 students for the inevitable post-high school training they will need. Forget the four-year argument. RiShawn Biddle adds his best to...

February 02, 2011

The Fresno Dilemma

There are some relevant insights about boys' education in this Washington Post piece. There's a push everywhere to tailor high school education more to job needs. The real issue, though, is tailoring high school education to the now-required post high school education needs.

January 19, 2011

More Than High School, Less Than a Four-Year Degree

Don't get misled about the "middle skills" debate. Young people -- including men -- still need academic credentials beyond high school. From the Hechinger report article: Nationally, 27 percent of people with licenses and certificates also earn more than the average bachelor's degree recipient, ac...

December 14, 2010

Value of a College Degree

New York Times editorial does a good job summarizing the complex picture.

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