July 16, 2009

E. J. Dionne: Our Silent Education Emergency

Posted in education tagged , , , , , at 2:56 pm by realitytax

Today, the United States stands 10th in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds who have earned a postsecondary degree, according to Dionne’s piece in the Washington Post July 15th. The reality is that Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Denmark and France (you know France, that place they like to tell you is failing because it’s a socialist state?) all out-perform us not just on health care, but educational achievement as well.

“The truth is that for the poor and the low middle class a higher education is akin to getting into debt and becoming a slave of it. The price tag is not simply astronomical, but disencouraging, thus, the low percentage of Blacks, Latinos and poor Whites in college–not to say the poor skills they bring to the table.”

~Dennis R. Hildago

Dionne cites the work of Andrew Delbanco, a professor at Columbia University, published this spring in the New York Review of Books.

“a great many gifted and motivated young people are excluded from college for no other reason than their inability to pay, and we have failed seriously to confront the problem.”

~ Andrew Delbanco

So go read the article, and share it with those who can make a change.

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