Do too many kids go to college? (#HigherEd)


Students attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. (Butch Dill/AP)

College.

It is widely seen as one of the most formative periods of a young person’s life. Students’ career and graduate school options are determined, in large part, by the choices they make in college.

Pay-Pal co-founder Peter Thiel and Washington Post columnist Vivek Wadhwa will meet Wednesday night to address a point on which they have disagreed for some time: Do too many kids go to college? The Oxford-style debate will take place in Chicago as part of the Intelligence Squared debate series at 6:45 p.m. ET.

We have surfaced this question a number of times here, and it is a subject of constant debate, as the price of both public and private higher education continues to rise, and unemployment remains stagnant as thousands of students flood the job market every year with freshly-minted degrees.

Some place the blame at the feet of U.S. students, saying they are failing to pursue the STEM subjects aggressively enough — reducing their competitiveness both at home and abroad. Others argue that U.S. educational institutions are the ones at fault, failing to adequately supply students with the skills they need to be employable in a new, high-tech economy.

Wadhwa has outlined his take and Thiel fellow Dale Stephens has made the case against college. However, we took to Tumblr and Quora to find out what you think. Do too many students go to college?

Tweet — Do too many kids go to college? We are fielding your responses on Quora and Tumblr.

Read more news and ideas on Innovations:

Stephens | The case against college

Wadhwa | China, India and why Thiel is wrong

Opinion | The rise of online education

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