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Barack Obama Says College Education for All

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress last week to speak about his views on higher education.�� The President wants all Americans to pursue some kind of education beyond high school.�� But the big question is - how?

It's an ambitious goal - some might say impossible. Currently, only two of every five American adults have a two- or four-year college degree. Millions of Americans struggle even to complete high school, with one in four dropping out. And even a high school degree is no guarantee a student is ready for college.

Particularly alarming are the college rates for low-income and minority students. One recent study reported more than 90 percent of low-income teens said they planned to go to college - but only half actually enroll.

Those who do enroll are substantially less likely than others to finish their degree. If they borrowed money for college and don't graduate, they may be worse off than if they hadn't even started college.

I think the first issue that needs to be addressed is the high rate of failing high schools students.�� If we can get our public high schools to get their students on a college preparatory track, only then will we see a slim possibility of higher education for all.

I do have to say that I agree that all students should get some kind of college or vocational education following high school.�� Students who go on to pursue and associates degree or a bachelor's degree do earn more over their life times than those who do not.�� If more people get a higher education we can live in a society of more productive citizens

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