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Income level of graduates is no way to measure the effectiveness of a college education

RE “OBAMA rightly prods higher ed, but beware of flawed ‘scoring,’ ” Editorial, Aug. 24:

I am concerned about President Obama’s plan to rate colleges based in part on how much their graduates earn.

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As a musician, I earned very little money for many years after college, though I led a fulfilling and creative life that eventually — decades later — led to a more lucrative career in composing music for films.

Obama’s proposal devalues his own post-graduation experience as a low-paid community organizer in Chicago. It also insults the millions of artists, preschool teachers, social workers, writers, clerics, shopkeepers, stay-at-home moms and dads and others whose contributions to society can’t be accurately measured by how much they earn.

John Kusiak


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