In a time when higher education, businesses, governments, cities, non-profits, philanthropists, and even private citizens are coming together around college attainment, we can ill afford to promote dropping out as a solution to our problems.
We must fight to protect proven programs such as the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program. They offer an invaluable tool to our children who need a little more guidance and structure to help them grow into adults who can be competitive in today's workforce.
A four-year degree program is certainly not a good a fit for everyone, and we clearly need a broader array of high-quality postsecondary options. Unfortunately, Thiel's provocative brainchild does nothing to inform this debate.
The parade of depressed, anxious and depleted students who walk through my office is endless. Almost all of them ask this question, "What is wrong with me? These were supposed to be the best years of my life."