Monday, May 10, 2010

The Way We Live Now - Students of the Great Recession - NYTimes.com


I found this article in yesterday's New York Times surprising, although not necessarily in a good way. Here's the key paragraph:

Over the last few decades, the number of teenagers who enroll in college has actually been rising fairly steadily. But graduation rates have fallen. Less than a third of all students who enroll in community colleges with the intention of getting a two-year degree — a degree leading to jobs in nursing, auto repair, preschool education — ever do so at any college, statistics suggest. The United States still leads the world in getting students to start college, notes Lawrence Katz, co-author of a recent history of education. But we no longer lead in what really matters: educational attainment.

Since I think that most of us would agree that in an "information age" getting a good education can play a crucial role in one's future, what does this trend mean?

The Way We Live Now - Students of the Great Recession - NYTimes.com