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Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 1:05 p.m. MST

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the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

It may be a "new" study, but all the old studies said the same thing.

Why there is a push on the conservatives side to steer kids away from college I'll never understand. All we need is cheaper college and since sites like coursera and khanacadmy are proving that digital education media has a near $0 distribution cost, there really is no excuse for for our current college cost situation.

Itsjstmeagain
Merritt Island, Fl

The letter writer ignores the fact that many graduating from High School do not have the financial means to go right into College. Those who do are saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debts. Also, how many are simply not interested for whatever reason to continue an education that may or may not pay off.
What's missing in this discussion is a High School experience that will train a HS student in a technical field along with standard curriculum. Once completed, he or she can walk into a job but not at an apprentice level. There was once many Technical High Schools in the Country but the selling of a college degree simply got out of hand. There are several studies that prove a HS graduate with a major in an 'in demand' field will make more in a lifetime than most college graduates when you factor in the cost of college. I can say that because I am a graduate of a Technical HS in the '70's having spent 3 years learning electronics. I parlayed that later to a BS Business and later an MBA. Attending a technical HS is not a dead end.

rnoble
Pendleton, OR

I have looked recently into the various studies about college attendance and college worth, and I have a major question. I cannot see where the cause and effect have been established. It is assumed for purposes of the study(s) but there is no visible attempt to address whether the personality of the person who decides to pursue more education is the reason for the disparity in income. I have a BS myself and I know several dozen others with BS degrees and from my experience and observations the income of this group is more heavily influenced by their individual drive, motivation, and values than the presence or quality of a 4 year or more post high-school education.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

One of the main reasons why college has become so expensive is that states across the country have backed away from supporting state schools. Here in Wisconsin state support in the 1970's was almost half of the UW budget. Today the state has cut that amount to less than 20%, and the cuts keep coming. Student tuition and fees make up the difference. Then conservative voices cry out that education is not worth the investment.

Whenever someone in power begins to question whether or not there is value to providing education to the common people, we'd all better sit up and pay attention. The climate of devaluing America's children does not bode well for this country.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

College has morphed into a Ponzi scheme.

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