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“Is Higher Education Worth It?”

Everyone's goal is life is to graduate from high school, graduate from college and get a good job. This phrase has been repeated over and over through the years, from parents to their children. With so many job opportunities in the world today, and different socioeconomics, we have to ask, “Is the investment in higher education worth the return?”

The goal of all Americans is to be able to graduate from college and have a successful life. Due to the rising costs of tuition, grants that don't cover the cost of college, and families that can't afford to pay for their children's education can mare this for today's society. Cheever states in his essay, “It's imperative that we define it in terms of quality as well as cost. Only then can we achieve a true measure of the value we receive from investments in higher education.” (Cheever 115) With overloaded classes, teachers who are absent, or student teachers teaching our classes, do we really get what we are paying for? Paying high tuition in order to go to school and learn is a lot weighing on a student's shoulder and the parents need to make sure their child is getting as much out of their education as they are paying into it.

Once we start our college education, do we finish or do we have to quit to start working? “Whether everyone in college needs to be there is not a new question”, as stated by Jacques Steinberg in his essay. (Steinberg 116) With there being so many different types of job opportunities nowadays, not every career needs to have a four year degree. High school students should talk to their school counselors about what type of work they want to do for the rest of their lives and see if a four year degree or a vocational degree is best for them.

What is a real education anyway? As a student grows and tries to figure out what they want to be in life, they needs\ to ask what type of education they will need. We automatically think we need to go to a... Show More

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