Education Paths

(Friday, May 22nd, 2009)

“‘Too many people are going to college.’”

“This blasphemy from controversial social critic Charles Murray in his book “Real Education” should not be immediately dismissed, but hotly debated as Colorado evaluates school reform. Considering three-quarters of high school students go on to college, but less than one-third of Americans currently has a bachelor’s degree, Murray may be right about our focus on four-year colleges.

“In Colorado, legislators are attempting to qualify for federal stimulus dollars in a “Race to the Top” awarded to states making significant gains in reform. However, the state is ignoring fundamental questions about the purpose of education and the efficiency of the system. What is the “end,” or goal, of public education?”

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