Nostalgic for Yesterday's Nonsense
I'm sure that my dozen or so readers have heard of a study that pointed out that college is not appropriate for everybody. For some reason, one of the reactions among my fellow wingnuts has been nostalgia for the earlier system in which many students were pushed into vocational education as though that were a matter of the free market at work. On the contrary, vocational education was pushed by The Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education (dissected here and there more authoritatively than I can manage).
I suspect it was an earlier incarnation of the theory that it's more important to go to school than to actually learn anything.