Why Don’t the Obama Daughters Go to Community College?

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Kevin Price Editor at Large for USA Business Radio and Host of the Price of Business Show, has recently become hooked on Quora.  In addition to daily hosting the Price of Business, Kevin has numerous writing obligations on this and other sites for which he serves as an editor and with his syndicated column, so we decided that if he’s going to write at Quora, he is going to share that content on this website.  If you are on Quora, make sure to follow Kevin.  You can check out his page here.

Kevin’s hot topics on Quora are history, free market economics, philosophy, and Myers Briggs typology, and many others.  The following is one of his recent answers to the question in the title.

What an odd question.

Here are a few that immediately came to mind:

The children of parents that go to college, typically go to college themselves. They typically go to ones similar to, if not the same, as their parents. Malia’s parents both went to Ivy League schools, therefore it is only logical they would gravitate towards such if able to get in.

If money were no object, why wouldn’t she go if she can get in? Her parents have a net worth of over $40 million. Money is not a serious issue for them.

College is about more than what one learns academically. I doubt a community college education is equal to most four year schools, let alone an Ivy League university. However, commuter colleges are awesome for starting an academic career or for pursuing specific types of short course programs. I have long encouraged people to begin their higher learning at such. It is insane to defer years of making money (which going to college often entails) AND to accumulate significant debt. This, again, is not a concern to the Obamas. However, I find that traditional colleges, where a majority (or at least a significant number) of students live on campus, have a more enriching experience. Furthermore, Ivy League schools expose students to a much wider variety of classes and experiences. In addition, the greatest value of college may be the networking experience that comes from that. At Ivy League schools your classmates are likely to be leaders. There is significant upside to that professionally

“The typical Ivy League grad earns more than twice as much as the graduate of other colleges. In fact, the median Ivy graduate — say, your solid B- Harvard student — is making more money than the top 10 percent of graduates at other schools.”

It would provide a better environment for the child of a former President. Schools like Harvard are use to having celebrities and the children of celebrities as their students. Plus there would likely to be unique security issues that a community college would not know where to begin to address. This makes it much easier for the Obamas’ daughter to… (READ MORE)

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