Education and Jobs

Here is a copy of my letter to the editor published in January 31, 2012 edition of Chicago Tribune.  The link to the opinion piece of Peter Morici is at the bottom of this post.

Sending kids to college

In the recent opinion piece “State of dysfunction: The economy and hypocrisy” (Perspective, Jan. 26), Peter Morici, a professor at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, criticizes the educational initiatives proposed by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.

Morici says, “He (the president) wants to send more young people to college even though a legion of new college graduates during his tenure remain underemployed, unable to start meaningful careers because stimulus, regulation and industrial policies, championed by Obama, have largely failed to fire up growth.”

What is the alternative?

Not to send kids to college or educate them to compete in a global economy?

Morici may be willing not to send his children to college for lack of jobs.

But I, as a parent, would make sure my kids are as well-educated as anyone else.

It is a shame a college professor would make such a reckless statement.

Ravi Chandran, Bolingbrook

Commentary by Peer Morici: State of dysfunction: The economy and hypocrisy,0,4655278.story