The ‘Gap Year’ Might Be Good for Young People — But It Will Cost Families
Nicole Dieker
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I don’t think the problem is with structured gap year programs. College is relatively structured, too, so we have pretty much already agreed that young people aged 18–21 aren’t ready for all the independence in the world. Some of those programs are better than others obviously, but to me the real issue is that there doesn’t seem to be a real way to ensure that lower-income students get to participate in them. That limits their opportunities and creates a pretty homogenous view of Americans when they’re abroad.

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