America’s Gen Z is dropping the college dream

Breaking with tradition: A student at the University of Southern California. Many American Gen Z-ers have already cottoned on that the ‘math isn’t mathing’ for going to college anymore. — Los Angeles Times/TNS

FOR years, we have lamented the spike in college costs in the United States and accompanying student debt bloat while we teach high schoolers to covet admittance to a tiny sliver of prestigious universities – ones that refuse to enlarge incoming class sizes despite endowments the size of some small countries’ gross domestic product.

US President Joe Biden’s first plan to relieve student debt is dead in the water, and the second is off to a slow start. Meanwhile, Americans’ confidence in higher education is eroding, and college graduates are surprised to find themselves still in the working class.

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