So I follow educational stories closely, and will continue to do so. I’m also interested in how our leaders and policy-makers make sense of the state of higher education today. As I blogged about a few weeks ago, it seems to me that the rhetoric of leaders is “finish school – it’s important for our country and our future” but the message being sent by federal and state lawmakers via budget allocations is “getting an education is your own business, pay for it yourself and don’t keep asking me (or the taxpayers) for more.” That’s strange to me, what about you? Is education a public or private good? How do we as a nation make college completion a real priority, or are we doomed to speak in circles about this but never do anything about it?
Quite frankly I think that we put too much emphasis on “going to college” and not enough on what that means. As my good friend (and recent Ph.D.) said; “going to college is not just the thing to do after high school – it’s much, much more than that.” We are working on a book that will hopefully help people think through this.