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Are Too Many People Going To College?

Wednesday January 2012

Peter Sacks, Author, Tearing Down the Gates
George Leef, Director of Research, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

Are we encouraging too many young Americans to forego potentially fulfilling and well-paid careers by making the college track seem like the only sure route to a good life? Yes, says George Leef, director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. College-for-all should not be a national ideal, he argues, because for many such training is unnecessary and unrelated to economic success. No, says Peter Sacks, noted education writer and author of Tearing Down the Gates: access to college promotes social mobility and equality for the currently excluded-and America’s economic survival may depend on it.