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The idea of going to college among the current generation is haunting the education system in the United States.

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 study says.


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 recognize 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.