Speech Not Inspirational
The figures concerning salaries and debt are not to be dismissed. But they, too, need some perspective. College, after all, is not solely about earning power — although you are forgiven for not knowing this. College, believe it or not, is about education — and that, boys and girls, is not something you can put a number on. Let me give you a word: anthropology.
Imagine being a graduating college student and hearing this commencement speech by Richard Cohen. Of course college is about getting an education. But the student debt crisis is also a real thing, and although Cohen notes that those figures shouldn’t be dismissed, he does a pretty good job of dismissing them anyway.