The Cost of Our College Obsession

Who are we obsessed wth everyone going to college? A very thoughtful essay that is worth a read.

AFFECTIVE LIVING

American education has a faith problem.  No, I’m not talking about the debates about religion and to what extent it influences schools.  I’m talking about the blind, unquestioning faith we have to the god of educational purpose: College.

American education is obsessed with college as the answer to all our woes.  College will fix our financial failures.  College will make us happy.  College will give us a sense of purpose.  True: College graduates do gain a host of benefits.  But, we are so fixated on just getting kids to college, we don’t often ask why and for what purpose.  We are lemmings leading learners to a shaky promise that as long as they just get to college, life will be okay.

I’ve seen firsthand how our blind allegiance to college has impacted thousands of students and hundreds of teachers.  We have shoved all our thoughts, our energy, and our concern…

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