WHAT A COLLEGE EDUCATION BUYS
Christopher Caldwell, the author of “WHAT A COLLEGE EDUCATION BUYS” presents his idea on college education of a 4-year college degree in American. The author’s assertion that college degree is not for everyone; it is something superb and looks like prime but it does not guarantee graduates’ practical productivity and usefulness in the particular professions or fields. Also, he assertion includes that nowadays college education has been increasing because of its growth in demands and increased popularity. Thus, is it worthwhile for parents to place a lot of raw financial chunk on the children’s college degrees, while it does not even benefit graduates as it did before? The author argues about how colleges try too hard in accommodating needs of industry and big firm in order to provide “service that students seek for-which is finding a job after graduation”. This effort actually prevents colleges from fundamental mission which is expanding scientific and philosophical knowledge to enhance human virtues and dignity by answering curiosity. Even though the relationship among those three parties rolls, each party sacrifices in time and energy. Furthermore, despite of these sacrifices, the final customer, or the hiring business has not drawn a clear line of what they are looking for and what skills they really need but only requires a degree in hiring new employees. In addition, even though colleges’ put a lot of efforts in training student, but they can’t perfectly train students to meet the need of business world, which is unclear. Therefore, the traditional benefits from college education have been shifted to contemporary gains. Colleges train student accordingly, and try to meet the needs of both student and industries. Not only for competition reason, but also for additional life lesson, colleges can provide many services to student bodies. College and universities are the academic places where notion starts and...
...Virtues of Higher Education
In the essay “What A CollegeEducationBuys” written by Christopher Caldwell, the author questions whether or not the value of a collegeeducation today supports the high cost of obtaining a degree. Having a college degree is viewed as having achieved some measure of accomplishment. People think you are more intelligent for having gone tocollege. Employers seem to be more eager to hire college graduates. Certainly we have been told that having a degree will help to ensure you earn more money. But is being a college graduate an obtainable goal for everyone? Can we afford to succeed or has college become one more area that is reserved for more affluent people? According to the Caldwell “…the price of college long ago outstripped the value of these goods” (213). This must be rectified to make college accessible to everyone who wants to attend. The value of a college degree cannot be measured in dollars and cents alone. A collegeeducationbuys the crucial development of self-esteem and creates more and better opportunities for individuals to succeed in all aspects of life.
As a college student, I can say that attending college has made me feel as if I am doing something...
...todays 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 higher education 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 (179). Many people cannot afford to go to their...
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What is a college?
What is the true definition of a college? What purpose does it serve for all the people who attain a college degree? Most people use colleges as a checkpoint in life, a goal that a person wants to reach when graduating high school. The general ideology was that a college degree equals a successful career which leads to a better life for that particular individual. To most people, going to college is turning point in their lives. It is a chance to go out on their own and adapt to a new life to begin pursuing a particular career. In today’s world having a college degree puts a person a few steps forward in life, especially if they have a masters or a PHD degree. Almost everything people do in today’s world revolves around technology and it keeps evolving with each decade. This is mainly why it is important to have an educated population to be able to run the technology and adapt to our constant changing world.
The true definition of a college is “an institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor's degree in liberal arts or science or both. Providing the education needed toward a professional or technical field” (Rosendale, 42), colleges provide people with the necessary education needed...
...dramatically and the prices of college increased steadily. The State of California unemployment benefits offered paid vocational training in college courses to those that qualified and jobs were no longer in existence. Some even applied for scholarships and government grants to help pay for college tuitions or they worked at minimum wage jobs to pay their way through or their parents paid for college. From 1994 to 2014 there were many changes for a higher education, tuition costs, housing, transportation, and registrations from students coming from other countries.
Even though unemployment continued to increase during 1994 to 2014, collegeeducation continues to be valued by many people. In an article published in 1994, according to author James J. Duderstadt, “Nationwide the money invested in a collegeeducation results in one of the highest returns of any investment a student or family can make” (Duderstadt). Author Duderstadt, compares a student with a college degree is valued more than a student that is a high school graduate. Also, author Duderstadt states that a person with a collegeeducation, the person’s life long earnings will increase. Consequently, according to author Richard Perez-Pena, “College enrollment fell 2 percent in 2012-2013, the first significant decline since...
...In the chapter “Incentives” of book “What Money Can’t Buy” written by Michael
J. Sandel, he points out the population control refer to two examples: China’s one-
child policy and tradable procreation permits. Sandel responds that tradable procreation
permits, which was put forward by the economist Kenneth Boulding in 1964, is
preferable in economic standpoint. Each woman had one (or two) certificate to have
an extra child. If a family wants an extra child, they can buy the certificate from other
woman. It makes win-win in which buyers have rights to have extra children while
sellers gain a new source of income. Even though those who don’t sell rights, they won’t
be worse off since they still have one child (71). However, treating children as a luxury
good is unfair that only those who are able to pay can have this good. What’s worse,
buying rights to have children is pretty same with buying kids after they have been born
from others, it’s bribery that corrupting parenthood by promoting a gainful relationship
toward children (71). Also, Sandel states a fact that people should pay the fine 200,000
yuan (about $31,000) if they want an extra child (69). The authorities treat the fine as
penalty that preserves the stigma rather than a fee. Because the one-child policy didn’t
work on the rich people even who were celebrities, the authorities worried that affluent
...We are what we buy
Ryan (Shizhe Ruan)
We live in a modern world where full of mass consumption, after industrial revolutions, the new technology allowed productive forces to be improved significantly as the development of history. Companies gained the ability to quickly produce a great deal of material items. In order to make profits via these products or services they offered, they persuade people to purchase them by adopting different marketing means. As a result of technologically and financially prosperity, and of course the marketing force, a material consumption culture had been created and we can simply argue that we cannot live without consumption nowadays, it is not only about buying of what we need, its influence had extended to the identities of our-self due to that the power of marketing allows consumers to gain the signs of success, achievement, prosperity and so on, through their consumptions. Actually, we not only construct our identities based on what we purchased, but we use others’ consumption to infer their identities.
So how exactly the consumption can be part of our identities? From...
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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...