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  •  The PSA from the NCAA really highlights that. (9+ / 0-)

    There are few opportunities for women athletes in professional sports and even fewer that pay a living wage. But the vast majority of men who are student athletes are in the same situation.

    It would be great if someday a college education was available to anyone who wanted it ... regardless of skill at a sport or ability to pay. We are better off as a country when our citizens are educated.

    I was reading an article recently about the miserable future that awaits kids who only have a high school education and can't afford or haven't been prepared for college. We need to expand the opportunity to everyone.

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    by JanF on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 08:56:18 AM PDT

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    •  I read an article that said something different (3+ / 0-)

      It said that since so many college grads can't even find jobs these days that the cost-benefit ratio has shifted in the other direction and the cost of attending college if one must take on debt to do so is not as good of an investment anymore.

      •  Here is the link to the article I just read. (4+ / 0-)

        From an interview with a UW Madison professor:

        But [Tim] Smeeding [director of UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty] says “I start everything by saying that the solution to poverty is a job,” and with that in mind, one of his deepest concerns is the bleak employment prospects for Wisconsin’s 20-somethings who have limited education and little training. He says they face a world where traditional doors to the middle class have slammed shut.

        While much of the business and political focus in Wisconsin has been on attracting high-tech jobs for an information age economy, Smeeding is looking at those ill-equipped to work in it, other than in a low-wage supporting job.

        For these people, he describes a landscape that is both discouraging and unlikely to reverse itself anytime soon.

        “The roads to the middle class used to be three for a high school graduate,” Smeeding says: construction, manufacturing and various types of public sector work.

        He is not saying that college guarantees a job but that a high school diploma will pretty much guarantee something much worse. When we used to have manufacturing jobs, people could get family supporting jobs out of high school in the factories.

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        by JanF on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 11:59:28 AM PDT

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