Back in May, Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson wrote a piece arguing that we should drop the “college for all” crusade. It drew a response from University of Maryland chancellor William Kirwan. On Monday, I wrote that Kirwan hadn’t laid a glove on Samuelson’s argument. Now, Samuelson responds to Kirwan, crushing his arguments.
I hope that Kirwan tries to continue this debate. The leaders of the higher-ed establishment usually ignore those who challenge their beliefs, especially that a higher level of “educational attainment” is necessarily good. That notion has been central to the expansion of their industry for the last 50 years. If people stop believing it, the consequences will be similar to what happened when people stopped believing that home prices would keep going up.