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Winter 2011/12

  The Importance of a College Education

Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kids Into College
        by Andrew Ferguson
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic
        by "Professor X"


One of the strongest pieces of evidence that our civilization has descended into madness was offered by National Public Radio in April 2007. NPR's Robert Siegel was interviewing Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates and custodian of a new $60 million education reform initiative the Gates foundation was launching. "Can we reasonably expect 100 percent of high school students to become college students?" asked Siegel. To which Mrs. Gates replied, "Yes, I think we can."

Now, Melinda Gates is by no means an outlier in this opinion. Our current president has come close to saying the same thing. Not only do these people believe, or profess to believe, that every high-school graduate is capable of college work, they also believe that college places should be available to all, as a social good.

The rationales offered for universal college education vary …

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[Complete review in the Winter 2011/12 issue of Claremont Review of Books]