The Corner

Education

Exhibit A

In my Sunday column, I argued that our attitudes toward college debt are, like our attitudes toward higher education itself, in part a culture-war question. The related assumptions are made explicit from time to time, for instance, in this sentence written by Eve Peyser in the New York Times today: “Despite my degree, I’m currently as broke as a joke.”

The word “despite” there compresses an entire worldview.

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