College Degrees Are on the Rise, But Not Among Older Americans


From the Wall Street Journal:

“The number of Americans earning an undergraduate degree—either a bachelor’s or an associate’s—reached 2.8 million last year, up 0.3% from 2012. The growth was due entirely to degree attainment by students under age 25, or those of traditional college age.

The number of graduates under age 25 grew by more than 89,000, or 5.4%, between 2012 and 2015. Among those age 25 and older, the number fell by roughly 77,000, or 6.8%.”


I’m in that category that does not have a degree

from any fancy-schmancy elite university.

Like many of my colleagues I learned from the many shocks

I received throughout my life from the College of Hard Knocks.

Holding down a second job was just a proposition

to pay the mortgage bill on time, instead of some tuition.

And keeping management from shooting their own foot became

second-nature to us as we tried to play the game.

Life was hard; we buckled down to live like beehive drone.

And no one ever offered us an easy student loan.

These kids today in college, with their drinking, drugs and sex,

are gonna find it doesn’t learn ’em how to earn paychecks!

How can they go on drinking wine and living to be kissed?

(And — don’t tell anybody — but just how do I enlist?)


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