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Published: Thursday, Feb. 13 2014 9:08 a.m. MST

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Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

One question the study does not seem to address is the cause and effect relationship. Do the results mean the people that already have what it takes to succeed go to college and succeed there merely en route to their other success, or does going to college actually improve one's ability to succeed? My instinct tells me that college is perhaps a factor of 1.1, maybe 1.3 multiplier of ability - meaning that if you start with zero you finish with zero, but if you start with something you will finish with a little more. We cannot hope to raise the average ability by sending everyone to college because the core base of ability is built primarily in the family and if that fails we are multiplying a number near zero by something slightly greater than 1 with the end result being still a number too close to zero. The family needs to be fixed first, then college will actually do us some good.

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