The Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker could not have known that they would be writing about the same subject within days of each other. The topic, the real value of a college education, has been discussed in this space, usually around the high school graduation season.
Here, the topic usually is an expression of frustration about the lack of recognition by our schools and school board of those graduates who do not, cannot or should not go to college. For some kids, college is just not a good fit and our failure to recognize their choice as a valid one succeeds only in making them feel as though they have failed. Remember that the next time the plumber comes to rescue your home. And remember it particularly when you read about the Armed Forces personnel fighting overseas, many of whom skipped the college option so they could help fight the bad guys around the world.