Not everyone is college-bound

May 17, 2014 

Can we have an honest conversation about education? Intelligence is a gift from God, and from a mother who did not smoke, drink or use drugs during pregnancy.

It is also my assessment that having a college degree is not always an indicator of intelligence but rather persistence. Just as there is a top 5 percent of a class, there is a bottom 5 percent. Therein lies the problem.

It is unrealistic to suggest that everyone completing a college education will find success in their area of study. Just as there is a truth in lending disclosure when you get a loan, there should be a truth in education disclosure. If administrators were completely honest they would be able to tell you which degree holders will likely be defaulting on student loans and not finding a job.

If you need a bypass operation, do you want the surgeon who graduated in the bottom 5 percent of his class? Keeping standards high and letting only the best advance is in society's best interest.

It's no small wonder that a generation that was given awards for participation and played games where no one kept score would have unrealistic assessments of their capabilities.

God bestows different gifts to each of us. Not everyone is cut out for college, and there is no shame in that.

Michael R. Sweeney

Caseyville

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