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US State Wants to Force High Schoolers to Apply For College, But That's a Terrible Idea
New Mexico is considering a bill that would require all high school juniors to apply to at least one college. The state government is apparently concerned that college enrollment rates are down, but their alleged fix is not a fix at all.
Consider how George Leef puts it:
"[T]hose state politicians obviously aren’t considering the possibility that too many students were going to college in the past and that the decline reflects better knowledge about the balance of costs and benefits of college seeping into the minds of New Mexicans. The idea that was current up until about a decade ago—that college is a great investment for nearly everyone—has been fading in the face of reality. Many young Americans and their families know that college can turn out to be a costly bust and they don’t want to make that mistake."
There is such a thing as over-enrollment, and having too many people with degrees will only devalue that degree for almost everyone. Maybe states should consider how to help people get into places that actually have work instead of toeing the line of "college for all?"