One of the points someone usually makes when the subject turns to improving higher education is: “College is not for everybody”; a statement that seems true on its face and gets lots of nods of approval from those hearing it; but in my view, reality is not as simple as the statement suggests.
Possible paraphrases for the statement include:
“People below a certain IQ level should not be in college”.
“Abstract ideas are not for everyone, some people are more practical.”
“Lower-level people should assume their place in the lower-levels of society.”
One argument often made for fewer going to college is the high number of people with degrees working in jobs that do not require higher education.
In my opinion, saying college is not for everyone is sort of like saying clean air is not for everyone. Sure, there are those who cannot make the grade in college and should not be admitted, but I believe that all those who have the ability to do so, should be encouraged to go to college, because a college education is about people learning to value their existence, to learn how to seek and find meaning in life and not simply to land them a job. Good jobs should be a natural by-product of becoming more educated, but education should be primarily for the improvement of human existence.
Do you have thoughts on this subject?