Mike Rowe on College Admissions Scandal: 'We're Obsessed With Credentialing,' Not Education
Says nation's outrage should also focus on cost of college.
Rowe, a television host and author of the new book "The Way I Heard It," said there is obviously -- and understandably -- outrage at the dozens of wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into college.
"That is kinda disgusting, but where is the outrage for the cost of college in general?" Rowe said.
He pointed out that there are millions of parents across America -- most of whom are not wealthy -- who are concerned about their children's futures if they don't get into good schools.
"Where's the outrage for the pressure that we've put on a 17-year-old to borrow $100,000? So much of that pressure comes from their mom and dad. It's well-intended, but it's kinda tragic," Rowe said.
He said that is further exacerbated by high school guidance counselors, politicians, lobbyists and employers, who all perpetuate the myth that a four-year college degree is necessary for success.
"We promoted the one thing at the expense of all of the others and the one thing just happened to be the most expensive thing," Rowe said.
He explained that there is a huge "skills gap," with seven million jobs available right now, most of which do not require a four-year degree.
"They require training. And yet we're obsessed, not really with education. What we're obsessed with is credentialing. And so people are buying their diplomas and they're buying their degrees," Rowe said. "It's a diploma dilemma, honestly. And it's expensive, and it's getting worse."
Watch the segment above and Tucker Carlson's recent monologue on the student loan debt crisis below.