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February 4th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

College for all?: Focus on a degree may turn off some students

Should a four-year college degree be the goal for every student in America?

Maybe not, says a recent report by Harvard University.

The report, “Pathways to Prosperity,” says the American education system places too much emphasis on attending and graduating from a four-year college, and should instead emphasize training for jobs that don't require a four-year degree.

Today on American Morning, T.J. Holmes asks Robert B. Schwartz, co-author, and academic dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education, his response to critics who say all students deserve the dream of going to college. Should the American education system change its focus so that all students can thrive?

Read the full report here: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf"


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  1. getting killed by student loans

    yes, they should change. education is a life path. they block people to make more money. that's wrong.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  2. Gloria

    I think a college education is a great thing. My husband, a very sucessful military office, and I grew up in one of the or the worst inner city in the country. He recieved a 4 yr degree from a service academy 24+ yrs ago...and I graduated from a 4yr state university. Our education has allowed us to escape the cycle of poverty. Now, after staying at home with my kids for 8yrs, I am currently working on a MBA. I think you should try to get the most education that you can...because education does open doors and expands your mind to the the world. I also believe that it takes passion and ambition to suceed in life. I have seen friends make lots of money without a degree...but the have not grown intellectually....if you can't or don't want to get a college degree you can still self -educate because learning never ends!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  3. Lauren

    Maybe a 4 year degree isn't for everyone, but for those who pay for and endure a bachelors degree, how about incentive? There are some jobs that may require only 2 years like electricians that may even pay MORE than jobs that people get with a full degree!

    February 4, 2011 at 11:05 am |