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Jay Mathews on Need for College

By Richard Whitmire — August 26, 2010 1 min read

Why do so many young people need college when so many jobs still don’t require a college degree? That’s an important issue in the gender debate, because if boys don’t really need college why worry about the college gender gaps?

Ace Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews airs the debate today.

The four qualities employers need most, we’re told, are “a work ethic, people skills, presentation skills and social responsibility.” In theory you don’t need college to possess those skills. But in practice, a college degree is what employers look for as a guarantee workers do in fact possess those skills. As I write in Why Boys Fail, college is the new high school. That’s why the college gender gaps matter.

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