I might be getting the real world mixed up with Caddy Shack again, but it was something like that.
Judge Smails Superintendent Bennett tells an aspiring student who can’t afford college, “The world needs ditch diggers, too.” “College isn’t for everyone.”
In reality, college — or more to the point, the expense of college — maybe isn’t for everyone. But, I’d probably let parents and families make that decision. Having the top educator send that message strikes me as a bad idea. He should be sending the message that education is valuable for its own sake. Instead, he is sending the message that education is valuable only insofar as it trains an individual for an occupation.
Individual enlightenment and betterment might be fine for the sorts of people who can afford college without government assistance, but for the rabble, your purpose on this earth is to labor for as long as you can without creating negative entries on the balance sheet.