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December 23, 2011

"The mania to get more and more people into college is the brain child of people who think that school is fun,

and that anyone who doesn't go is being deprived of something like a trip to Disneyland packaged with a job guarantee.
Lots of people think school is rather miserable, and they wish to leave as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the "school is fun" crowd has made an education a virtual pre-requisite for a stable and well paying job in this century. If you don't like school, and aren't good at it, what do you do? Spend the rest of your life popping chicken tenders into the deep fry at Popeye's? Or deal drugs? --If I Were a Poor Black Kid - Megan McArdle

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 23, 2011 10:55 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Gene Marks's column may be insensitive or overly optimistic -- it certainly has infuriated many commentators -- but it has one essential virtue: it would work. In fact, it's the only way a poor black kid could extract himself from poverty.

Posted by: John Farrier at December 23, 2011 12:05 PM

McArdle doesn't seem to be aware that drug dealers live with their moms in the basement and don't make much money (see Freakonomics).

Posted by: ErisGuy at December 24, 2011 6:57 AM

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