A very recent study by the College Board reports that the United States in no longer number one in the percentage of young people with college degrees. Instead, out of 36 developed nations, the U.S. ranks 12th.
An op-ed by New York Times staff columnist Bob Herbert analyzes why here.
Mr. Herbert asserts that students need to take some of the blame. He quotes the president of the College Board, who says that students need to work harder.
Read the column. Think about possibly responding to it in your Essay 3. Or just read it and post a comment here.