Education: As College Starts, There Go the Stop-Outs

The question used to be "Where are you going to college?" Now it is "Are you going?"

Pamela Batchelor, a June high school graduate in suburban Mountain Lakes, N.J., speaks for a growing number of U.S. students. Pam will spend the fall backpacking in Europe. As U.S. colleges open this autumn with a record enrollment of more than 8,000,000, several thousand young people with the brains to get in and the money for tuition will be missing. They are rebelling at the very idea of attending college at all—at least, as they see it, until they can figure out what the courses...

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