A recent essay in the Wall Street Journal casts higher education in a new light. “For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time” suggests certification rather than diplomas would demonstrate competency and make hiring easier as well as more fruitful. Not only that but it would open doors to people who cannot afford college or who wish to get into the workforce as quickly as possible. The benefits would be huge.
To support the viability of this approach, writer Charles Murray, looks to the certification of public accountants. Here a high score on the exam levels the playing field for graduates of all schools. Whether Ivy League or online, the diploma is less important than the level of competency demonstrated by a high score on the CPA exam. This is equal opportunity in practice and could be utilized in virtually any field.
“Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality” (Crown Forum) by Charles Murray will be released on August 19 and was the source for the essay. This book could change the course of American education, something long overdue. Read it and pass it along. It’s that important.