Stay on the job, parents
Once again, we see a typically American response to an educational policy problem: more regulation and money thrown at it ("Targeting college costs," Aug. 23). Two problems have caused increased college costs. First, there's a lack of accountability by parents of college students. They need to become consumer-wise. Otherwise, students end up attending no-name, over-priced colleges that serve no purpose other than to keep faculty employed. Similiarly, families should place no faith in guidance counselors whose knowledge of higher education many times is flawed and whose careers depend upon placing as many students as possible. Secondly, there are too many college graduates in this country. Look around to see graduates working in $10-12 an hour jobs, if at all. These young people cannot afford to move away from home and begin their adult lives. This has created a class of twenty-somethings trapped by limited job prospects and crippling loan debt. We don't need more federal regulation, more tax revenue spent, or more bureaucratic heavy-handedness to solve this problem. We need informed, accountable parents making wise decisions for children. This, in turn, will allow market forces to close colleges that do not provide value.