Melinda Gates: 100% Of High School Graduates Should Go To College

We’ll all be affluent and prosperous when we all have college degrees, right? That seems to be what Melinda Gates (wife of software tycoon Bill Gates) thinks according to this interview with NPR:

Can we reasonably expect 100 percent of high school students to become college students?

Yes, I think we can. And, in fact, I’m here today in the Chicago school district visiting with students – huge number of Latinos and African-American populations, and guess what? I’m in schools where 95 to 98 percent of these kids are going on to college, and it’s because they started freshman year with teachers who believe in them and said, ‘These kids can do it.’ And maybe they are not coming in with the right reading or math skills, but we are going to bring them up, and we are going to have high expectations of them. And guess what? Those kids are succeeding, and those kids are getting into college.

Not only is 100% college enrollment not a reasonable thing to expect, it’s not even something we should want. The only way to get 100% enrollment in colleges is to turn college education into a universal entitlement. Which would not only be a terribly expensive government project, it would necessitate the lowering of already-lowered standards for admission.

Some, like Melinda Gates, seem to view college as prosperity factories. You send students in, and out the other side come prosperous, successful citizens. This same sort of thinking was applied to the housing market. Our government turned mortgages into an entitlement, used Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to create a subprime loan market, and expected all these new homeowners who couldn’t get loans previously to suddenly be prosperous, successful citizens.

It’s absurd. It’s like saying that we could end poverty by mandating that everyone have a job and be paid $100/hour.

A college education had value, and still has some value, because the people who got into college and achieved their degrees earned both the admission and the degree. College graduates were a better sort of citizen (hard working, intelligence, successful) because, as a better sort of citizen, they earned admission to college.

Not everyone deserves to go to college. Not everyone needs to go to college. A lot of people would be better off entering the workforce and starting a career rather than drifting through four years of college to a general degree accumulating student loan debt along the way.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • syantiss

    Dead on Rob!

    But, what the hell…   lets make a new bubble…  oh, already there you say?  

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Bill Gates didn’t graduate from college and he did OK.

  • ec99

    And aside from being married to a multi-billionaire, Melinda Gates’ expertise is attributable to what?

    • Kevin Flanagan

      Well, she did help develop Microsoft Bob.

  • 11B40


    The last time I saw Mrs. Gates on the Progressive (neé Public) Broadcasting System’s “Newshour” program, she was on with Laura Bush and a designate minority aparatchik administrator shilling for the redistribution of more of our former commonwealth to Mother Africa to pay for mother and child healthcare which, in her college educated opinion, was so obviously a national security issue for the good old USofA.  

    • syantiss

      National security was a good buzz term in those days… [reminiscing]

  • The Whistler

    “Let them eat cake.”

  • DopeyDem

    What schools were she at in Chicago? 95-98% are going to college? Is that based on the other 50% that have already dropped out of high school? She’s a clueless elitist airhead.

  • 2hotel9

    “Melinda Gates: 100% Of High School Graduates Should Go To College”  And yet another braindead leftarded f*ck. We clearly have an unendingly endless supply of these f*cking morons.

  • bikebubba

    So Mrs. Gates is proposing that instead of having 45% of college students be unprepared for college and unlikely to graduate, about 75% of college students would be unprepared for college and unlikely to graduate–and we’d spend hundreds of billions of dollars to not educate these people.

    • syantiss

      Or to educate them in something completely useless to society… But hey… They’ll have a nice plaque…

    • syantiss

      And student loan that the DOE can send their swat team after…

  • WOOF

    She’s referring to 100% of her kids.
    Promised them iPads if they’d get out of the house.

    • bikebubba

      How can she even find them in that 60,000 sf (or whatever it is) monstrousity, and is she going to leave them at the fire station with their iPads for adoption?  (the oldest is 16)

  • VocalYokel

    Maybe she’d like to keep them dumbed-down by the education system instead of tinkering in a garage or basement somewhere creating a competitor for Microsoft…