Education: Less College for More People

The U.S. leads the world in mass education, but much of it is wasted on the young. Pressured to study more and more (22 years from first grade to a Ph.D.), many enjoy it less and less (60% of collegians quit before getting degrees). Not only does youth's prolonged segregation in school create boredom and rebellion, it also shuts out many adults who yearn for more college training.

Last week the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education* proposed drastic and important changes in the traditional lockstep pattern. At one level, the commission envisions a simplified system that would sharply reduce the "credential society's"...

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