Thank you for John Peschong’s May 3 opinion, “College is not for everyone, and that’s OK.” Though I was a college student and have an associate’s degree, I agree fully.
Because of America’s fetish for college diplomas, many students are in college who don’t belong there. Peschong made the point that only 17 percent of undergrads graduate in four years; 42 percent graduate in five years; and about 50 percent in six years. Clearly, many students don’t belong in college to begin with.
Life is more than analyzing abstract issues of little relevance. Some college students would be happier driving buses, farming, fixing cars, etc. Demanding that bored and unmotivated undergrads invest four more years toiling for a doctorate is a waste of money and talent.
Republicans are more sensible about higher education than Democrats, who remain committed to “college for everyone.”
It is apparent that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden don’t care about millions of young people in working-class occupations. The president spoke of making (forcing) more people to go to college. And he seemed proud of furthering such waste by making student loans easier to get, putting more students and their parents deeper into debt.
Yes, more funding needs to be invested in vocational education and work programs for noncollege youths.