- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17)1
- Eyewitnesses testify about fatal shooting; men were using drugs, alcohol (9/14/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)1
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
Making education accessible
Even allowing for the current recession, the economic history of the United States since World War II has been one of extraordinary success. One of the primary reasons for this is the educational level of its citizens. Although the U.S. has only 4 percent of the world's population, it has almost 26 percent of the people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have post secondary or tertiary education.
A recent report of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicates this situation is changing. For the age group from 25 to 34, 40 percent of the citizens of the U.S. have tertiary education. This only ranks 16th among the developed nations of the world. For example, more than 60 percent of the citizens of South Korea have tertiary education. For Canada, Japan and the Russian Federation, this figure is approximately 55 percent.
One of the reasons 25 to 34 year olds in the U.S. trail in education levels is the cost of tertiary education. After adjusting for inflation, the present cost of tuition at a university in Missouri is three times higher than it was in the 1960s. As a consequence the average college graduate in this country is in debt for more than $20,000. This limits the ability to buy a house, get married and have children, or start a business.
It therefore behooves the Missouri Legislature, the state's schools, plus the federal government to find ways to make access to tertiary education more accessible.
JOHN PIEPHO, Cape Girardeau