"If we wanted an education system really based on the needs of business, then we should own up to the fact that a 30 percent college graduation rate is much too high. Millions of college grads end up not using their degrees in any direct way, and some even struggle with being “overqualified” for the jobs that are available. But it’s easy to see how that misses the point. Reducing something like learning or personal achievement to an economic measure only makes sense if you’re talking about vocational schools or job training, and even then it seems impossibly narrow. In 1947, a young Martin Luther King wrote that while education can foster intelligence and help prepare students for successful careers, it should also do much more. ‘The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate,’ he argued. ‘The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.’ College may no longer guarantee a good job, but it can still guarantee a wider social lens, and a better understanding of the complex world around us."