In the 20th anniversary edition of Rolling Stone, Timothy Leary is quoted:
“We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. They are a hundred times better educated than their grandparents, and ten times more sophisticated. There has never been such an open-minded group. The problem is that no one is giving them anything fresh. They’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.”
Recent headlines seem to indicate that his words are more true today than in 1987 when the article ran. This NYT piece highlights the mountain of debt students often incur in obtaining a college degree and their inability to procure employment paying highly enough to enable student loan repayment.
It now seems that the days when a college degree almost always justified the expense and foregone wages are long gone. Students are now seeking out ways to save on college expenses and are taking summer courses which are often cheaper than tuition during regular terms. This seems like the first step in public realization that college degrees are inching ever closer to being gambles rather than investments. Soon, prospective students will be forced to do far more cost-benefit analysis when determining their career and education path.