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Letter of the Day: An intangible value

An intangible value

EDITOR: Richard Cohen's Tuesday column ("Measuring the value of a college education") was a breath of fresh air. I, too, have been troubled by recent articles about how college is a bad investment. This whole discussion brings to mind the old saying about people who know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.

I believe my life has been immensely enriched by getting a college education, and, like Cohen, I'm not talking about money. This is a tricky issue to discuss with friends and others who have not graduated from a college or university. They are often very smart and successful people, possibly well read and interesting to talk to and be with and who have interesting, rewarding lives.

And there are college graduates on whom the experience seems to have been wasted. But there are exceptions to every rule. We are much more likely to make the right decisions about life when we base them on the rule, not the exception. I cannot make the case for college any better than Cohen does, so I won't try.

I never hear the argument that less education is beneficial. So it seems odd to suggest that more education is not beneficial.



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