Actually, Mr. President, College Isn’t for Everyone

In his State of the Union, Obama talked up college education as a plus for all children. But not everyone should get a degree.

President Barack Obama delivers his fifth State of the Union on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images

We need to adjust the way we talk about attending college, the same way that we need to adjust how we talk about becoming a parent. Not everyone is meant to do it, and our leaders—including Obama—could change the face of our nation for the better if they would start admitting it.

Keli Goff is The Root’s special correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.