She is not "downplaying" the importance of an education....says the proud mother of a recent college graduate. You telling me that you didn't stress/establish the expectation that she go to college?
Does a college education not greatly increase one's chances of landing a good paying job/career? Is a college education not a major step in the direction of a poor kid getting out of the ghetto?
I don't understand what you're suggesting? Downplaying he importance of education? Whatever you are suggesting, would you have applied that thinking to YOUR children when they were still in high school?
Problem is, when everyone and their brother has a college degree, it makes such a degree all the more meaningless.
You need a college degree just to sell oranges on the expressway anymore.
People need a degree just to compete for a job pushing buttons at Subway. Therein lies the problem.