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A generation short-changed on education

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Sep. 25, 2012 at 1:01 am with No Comments »
September 24, 2012 6:14 pm

Today’s editorial mentioned a think tank’s recommendation for boosting college-going in the United States. The editorial focused on Washington, but College Board Advocacy & Policy Center tracks how the country is doing compared to the rest of the world.

America, it seems, headed toward the same destination as Washington: A generation of young people less educated (and probably less affluent over their life spans) than their parents.

The United States once led the world in education achievement. Today, the percentage of 25- to 35-year-olds Americans with at least an associate degree is lower than in Korea, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Denmark and six other countries.

We baby boomers get blamed for a lot of the country’s troubles. Our collective reluctance to invest in our children’s higher education – the way our parents’ generation invested in ours – is one charge that’s going to stick.

Here’s the link to the center’s latest report on college completion.

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