Mental Multivitamin says not every 18-year-old should go to college.
We parents, teachers, students celebrate and reward the “above average” in Lake Woebegone; in other words, the mediocre. And nowhere is this more depressingly apparent than in our system of higher education, where, at some point in the last six decades, we came to embrace the notion that anyone who wants it should have access to a college education, which has (pardon the pun) by degrees, reduced the value of the college diploma to a mass transit pass, duly punched as one hops along the map of his life: preschool, elementary school, high school, college, job, retirement, death (with an ample bit of taxes tossed in for good measure).
There may be no Bluebirds and Robins in first grade, but tracking returns in high school as some students take Advanced Placement classes and others slide by on the self-esteem track. I do wish teachers would explain to self-esteemers that they’re not preparing to pass college classes, as opposed to enrolling and then flunking out. Many students who’ve been on the AP college track probably would benefit from taking a year off after high school to work and grow up. They have the motivation to pursue higher education without having to do it in lockstep fashion.