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[Susan notes: Stephen Krashen makes a critical point that our schools must acknowledge and strong support those students who are not going to college.]

Published in USA Today

To the editor

"College for everyone" policy is bad for everyone.

Insisting that all high school grads be ready for college and work

means that a high school diploma will certify the completion of a

college prep program ("What if a college education just isn't for

everyone?" March 16).

This will have the effect of making a high school diploma irrelevant

for all those who are not interested in college, who have different

interests, talents, and career paths, It will also mean a continuation

of the decline of vocational classes of all kinds, which is not only

bad for vocational ed and for the trades, it is bad for everybody.

My dad had a law degree and a CPA, and was highly educated and

well-read. He went to a technical high school and took every shop

class he could. He loved them. This practical background was extremely

valuable to him in his business career. He knew what was happening not

only in the offices but also in the factories, fields, construction

sites, and warehouses, and had a deep respect for skilled work of all


Stephen Krashen

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