Is College a Sham?

The importance of educating first-generation college students via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The importance of educating first-generation college students
via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To Get to Harvard, Go to Haiti? via The New York Times

To Get to Harvard, Go to Haiti?
via The New York Times

The Real Reasons College Is a Bad Investment via The Huffington Post

The Real Reasons College Is a Bad Investment
via The Huffington Post

THE BASICS: James P. Clements of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says college education is important, especially for first-generation college students, because it unlocks opportunities that otherwise might not be available. However, after noticing a surge of students taking week-long mission trips to third-world countries as a way of bolstering their college application essays, Frank Bruni of The New York Times highlights how the college admission process alone is misguided since it is telling applicants that success is a checklist of superficial accomplishments. While Jacob McMillen of The Huffington Post argues college is bad because the skills needed for 90 percent of careers are learned on the job.