The idea of going to college amongst the current
generation is haunting the education system in the
An OECD report says, that the US is in decline in educating its population and
is now the only major economy in the world, where the younger generation
will not be as better educated as their parents a comparative educational
When a high degree of adult skills that drives the engine of an economy is not
present, then the engine is about to fail if the US government does not address
its problem as it does not recognise the importance of education to the health
of its economy.
Worse still – for children whose parents did not go to university then their
children are even more unlikely to attend university. In other parts of the
world, such as India and China the trend is quite the opposite. Having a
graduate parent but who doesn’t reach university level themselves is
becoming increasingly more common.
Clearly, it was the dominance of US higher education which was closely
linked to its role as an economic and military superpower – after the Second
World War. For example, an American born immediately after the war was
nearly twice as likely to become a graduate.
But the high cost of education in the United States is a barrier and the thought
of student debts is putting many people going into Higher education. This is
coupled with a loss in confidence in Higher education and the belief that it
does not improve life chances. This view is supported by parents who do
not see sending their children to college and it does not improves the life
chances of their children.
The US education system is highly unfair with those who have wealth able to
buy Higher education and it is no longer based on ability or merit and the
freedom of entry is restricted to those who are wealthy. If the US does not
recruit on talent and address it’s problem, then the economic engine will fail
and its status as a superpower will decline.