Sunday, December 13, 2009

Education Rates Can't Go Up Forever

(via Daily Kos) The Washington Monthly has a short blurb on a report by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) indicating that the rate of educational attainment in the United States has declined. The piece doesn't provide any details and the report itself is behind a paywall, so the entire statement should be taken with a grain of salt.

While its entirely possible that relative rates have declined its also important to consider the absolute education level. People can't go on outstripping their parents indefinitely; the question to ask is not whether people are more educated than their parents, but whether they're appropriately educated. My wife and I both have terminal degrees, but if our children decide that they don't want to go to grad school I hardly think that's cause for alarm.


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