College is not for everyone

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Fresh off her victory over childhood obesity, Michelle Obama has declared a new national goal to increase the percentage of low-income Americans in college. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, just 52 percent of the poor attend college right out of high school, compared to 82 percent of the wealthy.

I respect Michelle Obama. Like the First Lady, I come from a neighborhood where college was not the norm. For her and for me, college made sense. But does it make sense for most students?

Unlike Ms. Obama, I've seen the facts on the ground, having taught well over 100 courses at 10 colleges and universities. Since 1984, I've taught everywhere from second tier "directional" universities with "southern" in their names to the Ivy League.

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