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James Poulos, himself a man of letters, thinks there’s a fatal flaw in today’s higher education:
College should be for everyone, we believe, because no college means no job, or none worth having. Americans without a degree are closed off to the lifestyle that gives our modern lives meaning. They lack access to spending power that strengthens apace with their personal identities as career professionals.
At the heart of this view, which seems to accord so well with reality, is a belief that one’s status as a member of legitimate society is determined in America by economics - and that one’s economic status, as a rule, is determined most of all by whether or not you’ve been admitted to college.
This is an illusion - as the very economic value of a college degree shows. For what is it about going to college that results in a job and a “future”? In a few technical or theoretical fields, the answer is still the education. Some students still get hired for mastering a disciplined training in highly specialized skills.
More are hired simply because they have a degree. Relative to that credential, the particulars of their coursework, field of study and sometimes even academic performance are irrelevant.
We do not fixate on higher education as the key to employment because it trains Americans how and where to take their place in the economy. The market does that for them.
We fixate on higher education as the key to employment because no other institution but college really acculturates Americans into “legitimate” society. Those who do not attend college are second-class citizens in a cultural sense first, and in an economic one only second.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?