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Should a bachelor's degree be a job qualification?

Charles Murray, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307405389?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0307405389″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0307405389″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0684824299?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0684824299″ span style=”font-style:italic;”The Bell Curve/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0684824299″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br / wrote an op-ed in the span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times/span today entitled, “Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?” (viaa href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2008/12/are-most-americans-smart-enough-to-get.html” Newsalert/a). Of college, that is:br /br /blockquoteBARACK OBAMA has two attractive ideas for improving post-secondary education — expanding the use of community colleges and tuition tax credits — but he needs to hitch them to a broader platform. As president, Mr. Obama should use his bully pulpit to undermine the bachelor’s degree as a job qualification. Here’s a suggested battle cry, to be repeated in every speech on the subject: “It’s what you can do that should count when you apply for a job, not where you learned to do it.”/blockquotebr /br /Murray sees the college degree as out of reach or a waste of time for some:br /br /blockquoteFor most of the nation’s youths, making the bachelor’s degree a job qualification means demanding a credential that is beyond their reach. It is a truth that politicians and educators cannot bring themselves to say out loud: A large majority of young people do not have the intellectual ability to do genuine college-level work./blockquotebr /br /What do you think, should college be a prerequisite for the job market? I don’t think so, but many people do.