I recently posted a news story from Grand Rapids, about teachers who say their pay qualifies them for food stamps.

Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune writes that college adjuncts are not likely to qualify for health care. At their current low wages, they already qualify for food stamps.

The New York Times wrote recently that the college degree is akin to a high school degree. Just to get a job as a file clerk or a receptionist, it reported, requires a four-year degree.

When college graduates receive neither compensation nor respect, how can we encourage more young people to sacrifice to get a college diploma? What message are we sending them?

Why should we aspire to be first in the world in college graduates when their prospects for employment and a livable income are so meager?