Phi Beta Cons

Is College Worth It?

Tuition costs are out of control, graduates struggle to find employment, and colleges are more interested in building luxurious dorms than educating their students. So is there still a benefit to a college degree? That’s the question Charles Sykes asks in his new book, Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education, which George Leef reviews in this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call.

According to Leef, Sykes provides a convincing argument that higher education is a false promise. From debunking the “college premium” to decrying the atmosphere of intolerance, Sykes builds an all-inclusive condemnation of modern universities.

Although Leef finds the book convincing, he foresees disagreement from those satisfied with the current state of higher education:

Undoubtedly, Fail U. will be blasted by defenders of the academic status quo…They will say that Sykes exaggerates and sensationalizes the problems of higher education. I don’t think he does.

In the end, Leef finds a great deal to praise in Fail U. He concludes:

The best thing about this book is that it will convince large numbers of average Americans that they should think long and hard before committing loads of money to college.

You can read the whole review here

Stephanie Keaveney — Stephanie Keaveney joined the Pope Center in 2015 as a Policy Associate. She graduated cum laude from Southern Oregon University with a BA in political science and a minor in ...

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