We do have a moral obligation, emerging from several centuries of concern with equity in a highly inequitable country, to make access to and completion of college more equitable. But rather than proclaiming College for All, we should be stressing High School Completion for All, emphasizing that such completion requires either college readiness or readiness for sustained employment—or for the combination of the two that has become so common.The combination of the two need not be so common. But that requires the high schools to do their jobs.
HEAR! HEAR! The Chronicle of Higher Education offers a forum: Are Too Many Students Going to College? (Hie thee hence before it goes behind the pay wall.) Best observation: Berkeley education professor W. Norton Grubb.