When skeptics of college for all are dismissed as “elitist” by David Leonhardt, Arnold Kling responds with a reason for his views.
My elitism comes from the few years I spent as an adjunct at George Mason. The typical undergrad in my course could not write a paper or solve an algebra problem. I doubt that adding more students at this margin is the way to raise people’s incomes.
I keep hearing that about these typical college students, so I have to believe it’s true. Before we make “college for all” such a high priority, let’s fix the problem of so many high school graduates unprepared for college-level work.