Caroline Bird discusses, in “College is a waste of Time and Money,” her opinion on the recurring failure of education in universities. Bird alleges that college is not for everyone, but society forces high school graduates to go to college. College is believed to be the ticket to a successful career, however it some cases it is a waste of time because some classes are worthless. Those who actually decide to go to college, do so because it is a safe haven and it is payed for by parents. It is at the end a waste of time and money, according to Caroline Bird.
The transitions could have be made clearer if the author made the paper longer and spent a little more time on it. Since the essay is choppy then the message that the author is trying to comunitate. Which she seemed to state in one paragraph that one should go to college but in the next she gives reasons not to go. For example in the first paragraph she states that there is a higher unemployment rate for those that do not go to college but in the next paragraph she states that Bill Gates seemed to be doing just fine without a college degree. So there is a sense of unclarity concerning whether the author recommends people to go to college or not.
Caroline Bird’s argument against postsecondary education is incorrect, specifically her beliefs that students are exposed to too many options and graduates only desire jobs that save people. First, Caroline Bird shares her belief that “a college experience that piles option on option …merely adds to the contemporary nightmare.” Although too many options are sometimes overwhelming, limiting choices would also create undue pressure for students. For instance, as a student, I am exposed to several options: what classes I should take, what major I should major in, what professors I should take, etc. This allows me control over my education, so I can avoid being pressured into a class or a major that is not right for me. As a matter of fact, author Virginia N. Gordon found statistical evidence that about 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduation (Freedman).
Over the years, the loss of credibility in the once widely propagated benefits of a higher education degree has become heavily criticized by avid education reform advocates. Political writer, social critic, and essayist, Barbara Ehrenreich, in her satirical essay, "College Students, Welcome to a Lifetime of Debt! ", ironically exposes the consequences of the ever-increasing cost of education on post-secondary students ' societal role as debtors. Ehrenreich’s purpose to provoke her audience, mainly comprised of college students and their parents, into questioning the condescendence and despicable practices of post-secondary institutions is achieved through the employment of a sarcastic and humorous tone. By means of an appeal to pathos, the author clearly communicates all of her points and intentions, as well as brings out the eye-opening absurdity in this ever so trivialized situation.
Her education works as a sort of scarlet letter, allowing her to stand out, which is not always beneficial to her well-being. Kevin explained the complex that Tom was experiencing; “Weylin doesn’t like the way you talk. I don’t think he’s had much education himself, and he resents you” (Butler 80). Dana feels as though it is her obligation to continually make the trips to the plantation not only to keep Rufus alive to make sure her lineage remains, but in order to experience the hardships that her ancestors withstood. By going through this process however, she did make people uncomfortable because she did not fit the stereotypical slave prototype.
Nevertheless, that is not the case. The people who argue that Asian parenting is too severe maintain that even though Asian parenting has shown that academic results are higher, the children are treated too harshly by the parents and end up with no real satisfaction on their end. This is based on the common misconception that Asian parents are overbearing and overly demanding since the publishing of the memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, a professor of law at Yale Law School. For example, “To most of the American public, Chua is simply forcing her children toward parentally-defined success, which most believe is unlikely to lead to true happiness in children” (Wang). What Wang is saying is that most of those who read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother had the impression that Amy Chua was only forcing her children to learn what she wanted them to learn instead of what made them happy.
However, college tuition is not very affordable and is increasing every year. A free college tuition is definitely necessary for students because some are paying for college themselves, the college workload is stressful enough, and scholarships, grants, and financial aid doesn’t cover all costs. College tuition should be free because it would create positive changes for people attending college, universities, and the economy. First, most students are paying for their own tuition themselves because either they want to be independent and do so, or because their parents have made that decision for them. According to Newberry, the average cost a year of undergraduate studies at a private university now tops $21,000.
Most parents find it hard to pay for college. College is not worth the cost considering there are jobs for people that do not go to college, Time could be used at a job, and Students end up in major debt. Instead of students going to college, they could go straight into the workforce. Going to college helps obtain you better jobs. The effort students put into receiving a degree is not the same as ten years ago ( Shierholz ).
At LSU, Cranford wasted over $6,000 in information that was irrelevant to his career path. With college prices already being at an all-time high, students should not be paying for classes and textbooks that they do not need. Through reducing the amount of required classes, universities would be saving students thousands of dollars in debt. This could also allow students from low-income families to attend colleges because they would be able to save their money for courses that count toward their degree. For colleges who enact a lower amount of required general education courses, this could also appeal to incoming
The question is: Is a university degree still important today? Some say yes, because it is seen to be a major achievement in life; yet others disagree, as they believe university is a waste of time and money because it requires at least 3 or more years to earn a bachelor’s degree with each year costing a substantial amount of money. From my perspective, the advantages of earning a college degree exceed the disadvantages. Have you ever joked or mentioned about dropping out of high school? Throughout the whole essay, I will be persuading my audience on why university is significant.
In his article, Mark Edmundson discusses an ever increasing problem orbiting around university education– the misconception that studying something that could land you a high paying job trumps studying something that you love for the sole reason that you wouldn’t be able to earn as high as an income with that field of study. Edmundson also brings up the fact that before students get to college, they’re being told who they all their lives. Whether it be by their parents, their teachers, coaches —whoever, by the time most people get to that next step of their lives they don’t have their own definition of who they are. And that’s Edmundson argues what the main point of college is; discovering who you are and what you love. It’s not about preparing
Statement: College isn’t worth it Do you think it 's worthwhile to spend $900 a semester and do you think it 's worth it to have to do all of this and still have a chance to be unemployed? I don 't think so because of the (Claim#1) colleges being so expensive and the average price for college is around $33,480 and $24,930. It 's absurd on how much you’ll have to pay if you do go to college because of the amount of money it takes before and after. I shall include that (claim#2) not all students are going to go to college because of acceptance ratings, the acceptance ratings of a good college like Harvard might only pick 6% of the applications and leaving the rest of them somewhere else. My opponent might say, college is important because
“College in America” Caroline Bird thinks that a college education may not be the best choice for all high school students because college education does not bring about social equality, it does not benefit them financially, and it is not guaranteed that college will lead them to an elite profession. First of all, high school students are expected to bring about social equality through four rigorous years in college. However, college is an expensive way to categorize the highs and lows in society. It is pressuring to younger students to pursue a higher education that only a few could achieve, and is also difficult for them to established an identity in society. Second, a college education does not benefit the youth financially because it is
They argue that the real issue lies with the fact that colleges rely too heavily on the SAT in admission decisions. Scores of studies have shown that the SAT and ACT are poor indicators of students’ future success in college. Despite this, many colleges will still use these tests to weed out students who scored low, students that they predict will perform poorly in college, regardless of their levels of achievement, academic or otherwise, outside of standardized testing. This results in high numbers of students of color, who traditionally score lower on standardized tests, getting left out of the admissions process - because they’re being predicted not to do
pensive college with no boarding may not be worth it for those seeking a typical american college experience. Not all but community colleges are not worth the price. I notice that Universities that are well known are very expensive. In my opinion just because the school is well known they shouldn 't raise up the prices unless they are using better tools. In the article “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission’’?