Is college still worth it? Teachers react to unemployment statistics

For Ohio high school teacher S. Alexander Cooke, the end result of college shouldn’t be about the employment waiting after graduation, Yahoo! News reports.

“The most successful college graduates use college to better themselves. Life is about more than a job, and education is too,” he wrote Thursday in a commentary about the state of American education and employment.

It might not surprise you to hear a teacher extol on the virtues of college education. However, it might come as a shock to hear this: The Bureau of Labor Statistics says, for the first time ever, there are more jobless Americans who attended or graduated college than unemployed who never enrolled. According to BLS stats cited by, of the 9 million unemployed in April, 4.7 million went to college or graduated and 4.3 million did not. We asked high school teachers: Would you recommend college for your students when confronted with numbers like this? The overwhelming response was yes…

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