Magazine October 31, 2011, Issue

Beyond Home Ec

President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan outside the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 3, 2011 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Vocational programs are a good investment

The Occupy Wall Street protests have reintroduced a recurring character in our national economic drama: the struggling young college graduate. Every time the economy goes south, we hear from the Harvard-educated bartender, the taxi driver with a master’s degree in art history, or the philosophy major who’s moved back in with his parents, shipping out résumé after fruitless résumé. As Ezra Klein recounts in the Washington Post, many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters cite their college loans as a source of their grievances: “College debt represents a special sort of betrayal. We told you that the way to get …

Andrew Kelly — Mr. Kelly is a research fellow in education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and co-editor of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation.

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Education Section

Books, Arts & Manners


The Week

The Week

A bunch of obnoxious, freakish-looking people made a spectacle of themselves in downtown New York. You don’t say.


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