Yesterday's Op-Ed just made it to the top of the Times' Most E-mailed List. This doesn't make it a better article, but it means it's striking a chord with lots of people, which is awesome to me. I have also gotten surprisingly overwhelmingly positive feedback via email and blog comments (One American Prospect blogger called it "brilliant").
One correspondent described the piece to me as dealing with the "economics of the overeducated," a phrase that sounds a little derisive out of context, but she's right. The school-to-work and labor market systems that we have now, they're not just bad for poor people. They're bad for middle-class people, and even some rich people, and society as a whole.
The second-most-emailed Times story this week is a great counterpoint to mine. It's about the trend of high school dropouts going to college, especially for-profit colleges, which accept them and their federal aid dollars in large numbers without regard for their low chances of success, in the ultimate in social promotion.