Today, when the cost of higher education keeps raising, many people question themselves - is college really worth going to? Is it worth accumulation of the debt and a minimum of four years of lost earning potential? Is it the best investment that one can make? Despite some disadvantages college is a best place for today's youth. The economic impact that college has on its graduates and their future lives is incomparable. Income of a college graduate is significantly higher than income of a high school graduate. Society also benefits from Far gone those days when a strong back, high school diploma and desire to work was all that young person needed for successful career. Today's society demands workers who adapt to new technologies fast, who have keen mind, learn fast and able to apply knowledge in their work. College gives their students necessary skills for their career and majority of the college graduates are getting a long lasting experience mostly to is a new key to the future of our youth, success and well being of the nation.
"Postsecondary education generates both individual and public benefits. College graduates with a bachelor's degree earn substantially more than those with only a high school education, and attending college enriches students' lives in other ways that are long lasting and extend to the next generation .Society benefits from an educated population as well. In recent years, there has been evidence that education requirements for all types of occupations are growing and that the fastest growing occupations are those that require postsecondary training. Furthermore, many believe that increased participation in postsecondary education is crucial to maintaining a competitive position in the global economy." (National Center for Education Statistic)
Caroline Bird in her article "College is a Waste of Time and Money" first published in 1975 tries to convince her readers that a college is unnecessary and also a bad choice for today's...
College is a waste of time and money
In Caroline Bird, “College is a waste of time and money,” Bird discusses why college is not necessary for everyone. She states that many college students are in college not because they want to but because they have to. Bird came to realize that college students don’t feel needed. They are led to believe that getting a college degree is important because it’s a way of getting higher chance of financial success which from Bird’s point of view is not always true. She gives examples of college students who have graduated and came to realize that college was a waste of time and money.
Bird says that if students think that college is not good for them then they shouldn’t be expecting them to respond positively to it. She states that college that doesn’t really bring social equality. She points out that parents send their children to college thinking that they will have financial benefits from the education they get but Bird thinks that it is the worst investment. Bird says that Americans are looking for a job where...
...College Is a Waste of Time and Money
Maybe it’s my age or my personality, but I really haven’t enjoyed many of the stories that we have had to read. To me, there is an extreme amount of negativity in them, especially in the titles. I think it would have been more interesting and relevant to read a current article on this subject, and not something written in 1975. While the basics are still in play, there have been a lot of changes over the years.
The most notable difference would be the demographics that make up today’s student body. As an older, non-traditional student, I don’t consider it a waste of time or money, and I don’t think many others feel that way. There are so many people who would love to go to college, but are unable to for some reason. Although, I’m not familiar with how young people look at college today, I think a significant number likely look forward to the opportunity.
I do agree with many of Ms. Birds findings. I don’t believe anyone should be forced to go to college. It should be entirely up to each individual. We still see many parents pushing their kids to continue their education, and often for good reason, but if the child doesn’t want to go, it should be their decision. At the age of 18, many are too young and confused, and don’t know what they want to do with...
ENG 111 FON04
05 April 2015
Benefits of a CollegeEducation
Going to college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. College is where many people make the decisions that will mold them for the rest of their lives. In college you meet the people who will leave the biggest impressions on your future. Challenges in college will make a person question life. When will you graduate? How will you make more money than when you started? These challenges are what will shape and form students into the new working generation. So what exactly is a challenge?
A challenge is defined as something that by nature or character calls forth special effort. This is a reason why college is beneficial: it challenges you. It expands the normal range of thought. By influencing a person to think different thoughts. How does this pertain to higher educational learning? Say a student is taking a first level Spanish class, and they walk in to realize that the teacher speaks only in Spanish. What should they do? Or when a student is late for class but their teachers locks the door on late students. What should they do? These situations are common amongst college age student’s whether at work or in school. The way that these students handle these situations will determine how they deal with situation...
...education. These institutions, with the exception of some notable ones, have however, not been able to maintain the high standards of education or keep pace with developments, especially in the fields of knowledge and technology.
Over time, financial constraints with exploding enrolments, and a very high demand from primary and secondary education has led to the deterioration in the financial support provided by the Government. On top of this, an overall structure of myriad controls with a rigid bureaucracy has stifled its development. However, on the science and technology side, India has built up the largest stock of scientists, engineers and technicians.
Since 1950-51, when there were only 2,63,000 students in all disciplines in 750 colleges affiliated to 30 universities, the growth of highereducation in India has been phenomenal. Today, there are more than 11 million students in 17,000 colleges affiliated to 230 universities and non-affiliated university-level institutions. In addition, there are about 10 million students in over 6500 vocational institutions. The enrolment is growing at the rate of 5.1 per cent per year. However, of the Degree students only 5 per cent are enrolled into engineering courses, while an overall 20 per cent in sciences. The demand for professional courses is growing rapidly.
Both public and private institutions operate...
In the time I have spent in highereducation, I have noticed that educators generally encounter three categories of students. The first category, about 10 percent of the student population will always succeed because they have the attitude that failure is not an option. The second group, another 10 percent of the population, will inevitably fail, lacking the personal motivation and drive necessary to reach educational goals. Approximately 80 percent of students make up category three. A group full of bright minds that could lean toward either success or failure. This group will most significantly be impacted by changes and improvements in education. The differentiating factor in this group is that each student's response to the same question: "Is investing in my education really worth it?"
Some people are deterred from pursuing highereducation because of the price tag attached. Even though student loans are often available, the idea of repaying student loan debt, with high interest rates and low job prospects is a significant roadblock for many. For students with young families or those who have never considered post-secondary education, it is often much more appealing to take a job out of high school and immediately generate income. These are the students who begin to feel that an education is...
...Benefits of HigherEducation for Women
"Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process."
Education is important for everyone, but it is especially significant for girls and women. This is true not only because education is an entry point to other opportunities, but also because the educational achievements of women can have ripple effects within the family and across generations. Investing in girls' education is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. Investments in secondary school education for girls yields especially high dividends.
Girls who have been educated are likely to marry later and to have smaller and healthier families. Educated women can recognize the importance of health care and know how to seek it for themselves and their children. Education helps girls and women to know their rights and to gain confidence to claim them. However, women’s literacy rates are significantly lower than men’s in most developing countries.
The gender equity enshrined in the Constitution of India has helped greatly to reduce the gap between men and women. Access to highereducation has enabled women to execute work on par with men. Highereducation for women is...
... “College is Not a Waste”
In Bird’sarticle, “College is a Waste of Time and Money”, she approaches the topic of highereducation as, “a ticket to the big show”, rather than the continuation of education in a chosen career field culminated with the tools to hone oneself socially and professionally. Furthermore, it would seem that personal accountability counts for naught, as she assigns the blame to societal values that influence attendance of these learning institutions. Social values play an integral role in everyday life but that does not mean that the entire populace has been brainwashed into collective servitude; nor do they regulate the desire or disregard opportunity for self-improvement. Therefore, my theory differs from Bird’s, whereas I believe that a highereducation provides essential building blocks for future advancement, while the decision whether or not to pursue a collegeeducation is based on one’s own morals and aspirations.
According to Bird, the expansion of highereducation institutions in the 1950’s–1960’s, accompanied by the increase of education-to-industry importance, has since been the culprit for escalated college drop-out rates, and is the scapegoat for lack of...
...society, having a collegeeducation is one of the single most important factors when applying for a job. Employers expect at the minimum for applicants to have an Associates degree. However, many employers prefer hiring individuals who have obtained a bachelors degree or higher. In “Are Too Many People Going to College?”, Charles Murray discusses the importance of Americans sharing the same basic core knowledge (223). Having acollege degree makes an individual more money than an individual who just has a high school diploma. It provides people with a wide variety of opportunity regarding career paths and educational experiences. Those who obtain a college degree often times have a more secure future regarding their job and if they decide to advance to a different job. With a degree individuals have the will power to move a different job without worrying about not meeting certain job requirements. Lastly, having a college degree secures an individual future by providing an educational safety net. Although critics claim that the cost of college is overwhelming, all people should seek a highereducation after high school.
In “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?”, Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus discuss the current hardship that many college students face-student loans...