Now, according to “The Columnist’s Guide to Writing Columns” (Funk & Wagnalls, about 1933 or so), at this point I am supposed to launch into a spirited, witty and eloquent defense of the subject at hand. But the idea that higher education is actually bad for the country is so absurd that I am almost at a loss for words. Almost.

That’s not to say that everybody needs to go to college. Or that everybody should go to college. Many a productive, happy, prosperous life has been led without ever having set eyes on an ivy-covered wall. And there is no particular genius in going to college and earning, say, a journalism degree.

But it seems that changing opinions about education fit in with a

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