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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 9:40 p.m. MST

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Los Angeles, CA

I believe that this phenonemon is a natural progression of the consequences of NAFTA and the belief that free trade is actually free and beneficial. Twenty to thirty years ago there were many more good paying manufacturing jobs, many of which have been moved overseas or over our borders. With the lack of these types of jobs, increasingly the choice is a less than $20/hr job or trying to get a more highly educated job. However, there are only so many jobs and professions which require that type of education, and in fact those professions (lawyers, doctors, dentists, etc) are oversaturated and their income levels are being pulled down on average. Incredible lack of foresight on behalf of the politicians.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

Education for the sake of education is a great thing, but not if you have to borrow to do it. Also, while trying to help the masses receive college degrees we have deflated their value, which the market appropriately recognizes. It is possible for someone to graduate with a computer science degree while still requiring help to figure out why char*p; memcpy(p,"hello",5); causes a segmentation fault. Too many technical college graduates struggle with something like (x-1)(x-2)(x-3) > 0 even though you would think with all the math they had to take they should be doing problems of this level in their sleep. Today colleges seem to produce lofty thinkers that have dabbled in higher matters but still severely lack basic skills and common sense. The more capable of them are able to find their way into the job market and get corrected, while others remain unemployed.

Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00

The research shows that there are too many people graduating with the wrong type of degree. Folks who are graduating from their undergraduate institutions with degrees in psychology, art history, humanities, etc. are not marketable unless they go directly into a marketable master's degree afterwards, and then enter the workforce. Furthermore, our K-12 school districts need to prepare students better to enter undergraduate programs in healthcare related fields (Ex. nursing,radiology,respiratory therapy, etc.) and engineering (mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering). This country imports way too many nurses from the Philippines and engineers from India and China since we do a poor job at preparing our own citizens for those same jobs. China and India are going to over take the U.S. as economic world powers since we are failing our children miserably in our K-12 system.

Ogden, UT

"underemployed and overeducated"

Because higher education nowadays proves the adage: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach (on the university level); and those who can't teach, end up as professors who fail to teach students the most basic and necessary skills -- how to make a living!

Rural sport fan

Funny how there is the data in that report, yet the education gurus that steer nat'l and state education and insist on data driven education are screaming that high schools need to get every student ready for college. I still can't figure out who they think will be fixing everyone's plumbing, building their houses, or driving their trucks full of Internet purchases.

Their are many problems in the system: reduced acceptance scores meaning many go to college without a prayer of graduating, because colleges need paying students, reduced ability in graduates, due to either their low ability, or to colleges lagging behind what the market needs, and of course, the fact that US students don't flock to the majors that require effort or work, they go to the easy things, that look fun, or easy.

But it is all voluntary...no one is forcing people to do dumb things.

Layton, UT

engineering has been hit hard too. with automation toolsets and the simplicity of doing complex tasks with such tools, many of the jobs that were exclusively engineering jobs are now going overseas in record numbers. Someone with an engineering job and is a primary breadwinner should not expect to be able to settle in one place and stay there for his/her lifetime. It just isn't feasible any longer without at least being willing to take positions that don't require all that extra math, while hoping to find something more in line with one's degree.

Mcallen, TX

atl134-- during the 1800's, the literacy, and learning was much higher then today.

Today, we require more hours of schooling, but it doesn't make it better education.

* Testing skills have replaced learning
* Essays are now done by downloading from a computer
* memorizing the times table has been replaced by a calculator. Math skills are suffering.

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