20 October 2013
The Ridiculous Cost of Education
It can be heard all the time that college is far too expensive. This statement is often spoken without much thought, nor do many people give it much consideration. The fact that college in the United States is very expensive is a widely known fact, but shouldn't it be thought of as a problem rather than being accepted as a part of American life? A college education is now a crucial requirement for most careers and if one wants to have a successful future, a college degree will most likely be one of the steps on the way to that future. With the rising cost of tuition in the United States, many Americans are now unfortunately asking themselves if college is even worth it anymore.
With so many Americans now debating whether or not to go to college simply due to the fact that tuition is so expensive, something should be done about this. According to College Data, the average tuition for an in-state University is right around $22,000 per year. In Canada, the average yearly tuition is around $5,000 ("Americans flee to Canada for college education."). The result of this is that a higher percentage of Canadian residents have a college degree to hang on their walls when compared to the United States. The high cost of college here is making a degree seem less and less plausible for more people around the country, causing national problems down the road.
One of the biggest national concerns right now is the unemployment rate. In the year 2010, the percentage of people without a job in this country was 9.6% ("Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject "). This translates to nearly fifteen million people in the United States work force without a job. With so many companies requiring a college degree, people who chose not to go to college, or others who just couldn't afford it are simply left without a job. Comparatively, the much more rural country of Canada has an unemployment rate more than 2% less than...
...February 16, 2009
The Real Cost of Education
It was David Henry Thoreau who said, "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." He graduated from Harvard in 1837, but not with a diploma.
He explains, “they have been foolish enough to put at the end of all this earnest the old joke of a diploma.” Thoreau understood that the piece of parchment handed out at commencement means nothing more than the hard work, studying, andeducation that came before it. Today, those values are lost, and only 59% of Arizonan high school students graduate. This number reflects changes in society, problems in schools, and student’s personal reasoning.
Society today demands a degree, not to get ahead, but just to keep up. An article published in the July 17, 2008 Wall Street Journal titled “The Declining Value of your College Degree” states that “College-educated workers are more plentiful, more commoditized and more subject to the downsizings that used to be the purview of blue-collar workers only. What employers want from workers nowadays is more narrow, more abstract and less easily learned in college.” A phrase like this is very discouraging to a high schooler. When the prospect of a brighter future is taken from the table, the immediate response is “why try?” This attitude gives way to a sense of hopelessness and discouragement. A study by Civic Enterprises shows that 69% of dropouts said that they were not motivated to...
...Is the Cost of Education Too High?
Education is a human right. At the core of education is the development of societal and individual cultural identity. Education makes people neither tired nor rich and can make all people equal through social justice. Social justice is the precondition for sustainable human development and peaceful coexistence. Every child has the right to an education and every person has a right to satisfy their basic learning needs. However, in recent years, education is becoming more expensive. From the 2001-2002 academic year to the 2011-2012 year, tuition and fees at public four-year universities have increased by an average of 5.6% per year above inflation. Federal financial aid packages enable universities to substantially increase tuition without pricing out low-income (Roberts). College tuition hikes prove to be an even greater deturrant to higher education. Students suffer from the increase in prices and have to resort to extreme measures to attend school, such as taking out high interest loans or depending on their parents to pay for school. Many people protest against the profit on higher education.
Historically, higher education was seen as a valuable opportunity and a significant means of social advancement. In recent years, however, the cost of college has rose...
“Is Higher Education worth the Cost?”
Americans today tend to believe that college education is not an option but more so a necessity. “Why are so many parents trying to encourage their kids to attend college”? Is it because they are trying to control their lives? Or maybe it’s because they are just awful parents? I say that it’s completely the opposite of that. Parents just want what’s best for their kids; they don’t want them to have to fight the struggle of the daily grind. Nobody wants that life! Although a college education could be costly, it is worth the cost because it can help young African American males find a career instead of a job, and it could be beneficial to their child’s life.
One source talks about how much College tuition has tripled since the 1980s. This called for the rise of a lot of student loan debts. Due to finical reasons majority of people are not worried about attending college. Others think that there is no need to go, and the rest said that they just can afford it. From the same source someone stated that the only thing that’s more expensive than getting an education is not getting an education. I read from another source that with a high school diploma, there is a very low chance of finding a career and a job with high earnings.
One reason why I...
Student number: 20134571
Science 1 in the Early Years
Assessment: Item 1- Views of teaching and promoting science of young learners
The pedagogy of play can be hard to understand and part of the reason for this is it’s so difficult to explain how children learn by play because play isn’t simply; it is complex. Each child begins their early childhood education with a set of skills and prior knowledge that is influenced by their family, culture and past experiences (Fellows &Oakley, 2010). The past knowledge should become the foundation for developing an understanding of scientific concepts (Duschl, Schweingruber & Shouse, 2007). Children are naturally inquisitive, creative and aware of the world around them (Campbell & Jobling, 2012). Play is an important development tool and an effective way to teach children scientific concepts while using their prior knowledge (Preston, Mules, Baker & Frost, 2007). Learning science through play shows children that science is useful and enjoyable and is a significant aspect of the real world (Bulunuz, 2013). This essay will review teaching science through play, theorists who support play and the way in which the Australian curriculum and EYLF support play pedagogy.
Science and Play
Play pedagogy is a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations. Research shows...
...The skyrocketing costs of college can lead a parent to wonder if an investment in higher education still makes sense. This is especially true when the annual cost of attending a private college can easily exceed the annual salary a graduate receives during their first few years of work.
For those parents who still have a number of years before their children reach college age, doing the math can make the dream of college sound more like a nightmare. For those within a year or two of college, the change in estimated costs can bring some major sticker shock.
So, here are some of the major contributors to rising college costs, and what it might mean for your budget and planning:
Inflation generally refers to the natural increase in the cost of living over time. While no one loves inflation, it's generally accepted as a fact of life. In the broad economy, this annual increase has historically averaged about 2%. In other words, you would need $1.02 today to purchase what $1.00 bought you one year ago.
The inflation of college costs has not been so gentle, averaging 4-6% annually. In other words, a college education costing $10,000 this year will likely increase by $400-600 next year. In a nutshell, this means that college costs are doubling every 12-18 years, compared to everything else in the economy doubling in cost...
The Opportunity Cost of Economics Education
By ROBERT H. FRANK
Published: September 1, 2005
SHORTLY after I began teaching, more than 30 years ago, three friends in different
cities independently sent me the same New Yorker cartoon depicting a woman
introducing a man to a friend at a party. "Mary, I'd like you to meet Marty
Thorndecker," she began. "He's an economist, but he's really very nice."
Forum: The Economy
Cartoons are data. That people find them amusing usually tells us something about
reality. Curious about what drove responses to the economist cartoon, I began asking
about the disappointed looks that appeared on people's faces when they first discovered
I was an economist. Invariably they mentioned unpleasant memories of an introductory
economics course. "There were all those incomprehensible graphs," was a common
Needless to say, a course can be valuable even if unpleasant. Unfortunately, however,
most students seem to emerge from introductory economics courses without having
learned even the most important basic principles. According to one recent study, their
ability to answer simple economic questions several months after leaving the course is
not measurably different from that of people who never took a principles course.
What explains such abysmal performance? One problem is the encyclopedic range
typical of introductory courses. As the Nobel laureate George J. Stigler wrote...
...In the society of the United States, students are expected to follow the typical path of day care, grade school, middle school, high school and hopefully college. Growing up in America today, the importance of education is stressed starting at the earliest stages of development. In a world with a competitive job market and with citizens who want to make the most money that they can, a college education is the key to success. For some students, financing college is not a problem. Money should not be a factor in the student’s decision-making process when choosing what school to attend, but unfortunately many people are unable to attend the university of their choice due to high tuition costs. Working through college is not always the best answer because this may have a negative effect on academic performance with the added stress. It is true that financial aid and loans are available, but it is sometimes much harder to take advantage of these than people realize. Although universities offer many forms of aid in paying for college, the continually increasing prices still make it impossible for many people to afford higher education, and lowering prices would be effective in increasing the amount of people able to obtain a college degree.
The average income for middle class families is an estimated $49,500. This is barely more than just the tuition of many colleges, not including services such as room and board, food,...
...Sherley Pascal ENGH24A
“Knowledge is power” as Focault stated. This quote is commonly used to define not only the importance of knowledge and its effect, but ones decision to attain knowledge demonstrates power of developing knowledge. Education is one of the main factors in attaining knowledge. Education serves and effects society in numerous of ways. The influence of educational institutions, the structure it has on children and adolescents, the control education has on society, how education transform lives, and the social benefits that comes with having a higher education.
Education may be defined as the process by which a society transmits knowledge, values, norms, and ideologies from young people to adult roles. The influence of educational institutions is one example of how education affects our society. According to the article “Universal Education”, Mr. Gatto states “School is the first impression children get out of an organized society. Like most first impressions, it lasts” (N.P). To me, this statement clearly represents not only how school is an educational institution influencing the lives of many, but how Gatos express that schools are a part of the children’s socialization process in development (1 ). Our youth, which is considered the future of our society, develop some their values and...