Though more young people are attaining college degrees in
America than ever before, a conservative education analyst says
that doesn't necessarily equate to a better educated
Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation says President Barack
Obama wants America to have the highest college graduation rate in
the world. But at the same time, she says, the quality of education
has been on the decline.
"We have more and more
people attending college -- but are they actually getting a
high-quality education as a result of enrolling or as a result of
obtaining a bachelor's degree?" she asks.
In a recent survey, college presidents have complained
about students' lack of willingness to apply themselves and adopt
good study habits.
"So that begs the question: Are we pushing too many students
-- who probably shouldn't be going to college -- into
college, that might be better served by going into the job market
immediately or by pursuing more of a vocational education track?"
But she points out that a major reason more people are attending
college is because the sluggish economy is leading to poor and
diminished job opportunities.
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.