The world needs innovative thinkers who are risk takers. According to Ben Wielder, “... the social pressure for students to pursue ‘lower-risk trajectories’ in their career choices will lead to less innovation in the future” (Wielder). This cannot be true for college provides many risk factors; unemployment, student loans, and debt. Obtaining a degree results in an ability to focus and become flexible in a changing world. From the words of Michael Roth, these qualities “...make for intelligent, and sometimes courageous risk taking for critical assessment of those risks” (Roth).
In “Analects Book XIV” it reads: “The Master said: “In the old days, people studied to improve themselves. Now they study in order to impress others.” (p. 1342) Over time people have limited themselves just to fit into the role of what society deems as successful. We live in a world that places a higher value on what you own rather than who you are and what you know. The social pressure of achieving the American Dream has twisted the mind of a generation into believing that the only way to be accepted in society is to follow the assembly line lifestyle of going to college, getting a degree, and landing a high paying job. As soon as a student starts high school they are immediately pressured into going to college and planning the rest of their
As Yeskel discussed in her essay, “the importance of college for upward mobility has grown; a college degree now equals a high school degree in years past” (Yeskel 6).The social class system is exceedingly difficult to overcome, and it can become even more challenging when the lower class citizens are uneducated and not given the tools that they need to succeed. Our government needs to reform the education system in America, which would allow the poor members of our society can get an education and eventually provide for themselves. While our nation should continue to provide financial and moral support for people living in poverty across the country, we should also be providing education and job opportunities so the poor can
As well as a clubs, sports, and other activities are funded. All these components are key factors to why the majority of the population attend college and have the opportunity to be an NCAA athlete including myself. Whereas, students in the lower income in A Tale of Two Schools do not have the necessary supplies for their education to the point where teachers have to pay for supplies for their own students. Also, the education is not as comprehensive therefore not providing equitable college prep to be successful in their educational
In the today’s society, there is a big discussion in America about whether or not is the American dream exist. Today, often people who live in the United States prefer to think that we are a nation that no longer social classes, and all the people are much better than those who were a long time ago. When different social classes are acknowledged, people prefer to ignore the inequalities that accompany them. However, social class has always been historically, and continues to be a major predictor for a range of social inequalities, connected with educational opportunities, work, and success. Now, many people in the United States find themselves at a disadvantage due to their social class.
One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.” In Charles Murray’s essay, he argues that to many people are going to college and colleges are teaching students how to be good humans rather than how to be good at what they decide to do. The graduates going to vocational schools, or schools that teach jobs that are more hands on, have been told by society that they will be paid less than people who get a four-year education. With Murray’s essay in mind the four-year education needs to be simplified down. Maybe groups should look at how the American education system is set up as America does not rank high in the standings around the world. Today’s American education system forces high school graduates to go attend a four-year university because society believes that to be considered smart, that is what all graduates should do; this causes issues with vocational schooling and hands on jobs as there are not many kids going into those fields.
The current system may be beneficial in high income neighborhoods where the tax rates are higher, but it is insufficient in low income neighborhoods. There is a large difference in higher income neighborhoods compared to lower income neighborhoods. This difference leads to further differences within the students’ education. Students and parents who live in higher income neighborhoods don 't realize the effect of funding schools with property tax because they
Conner Stripling Lowe Paper 5 Why Benjamin Barber's Argument in "America Skips School" Trumps William Henry's Argument in "In Defense of Elitism" In today’s society, it has become the norm for adolescents to choose where they would like to go after they graduate, seeking further education. William Henry wrote, “In Defense of Elitism”, he argues that colleges are letting too many students in, and that some of the students that are in college do not really deserve to be there. He thinks that the reason for the dumbed down education system is because of letting in too many students that do not need to attend college. In “America Skips School”, by Benjamin Barber, he believes that the teachers of todays generation blame kids for the fall of
Grade inflation is something that people are starting to become more and more worried about throughout student college and their academics within America. Grade inflation is calming that students are receiving higher grades for simpler work or lesser of quality that students are submitting. Basically meaning a B+ in todays colleges would equal a C back when my parents came to college. in the 1980’s. Even though I personally do believe that grade inflation is a real thing within our colleges depending on the institution, I personally do not think it is a major issue or we should be concerned how it effects our businesses and master programs once these students graduate.
Reducing College Tuition College can either be a rude awakening for some students or it can be an opportunity for higher learning, but the goal is the same: to obtain a higher education and become successful. The purpose of college is to open people’s minds to new thoughts and ideas. Higher education offers knowledge and wisdom, but most of all, it offers experience, which is what people look for and desire when they think about attending college. Unfortunately, there is just one barrier keeping people from obtaining higher education, and that barrier is the price tag of college tuition. The cost of tuition is an incredible problem in today’s education system throughout the United States because it hinders the people who want to go college but cannot afford to do so.
Delbanco explains how students have changed their reasons for attending a college when he states, “...yet on the assumption that immersing themselves in learning for the sheer joy of it, with the aim of deepening their understanding of culture, nature, and, ultimately, themselves, is a vain indulgence” (222). Secondary education has become too expensive for learning to be an indulgence. Students only go to college to get a degree in order to gain a high paying career. Davidson explains how dire the situation with low paying job is by saying how the process should work, “Only through productivity growth can the average quality of human life improve” (339). Unfortunately, the productivity growth only leaves a bigger pay gap.
Does the Greatly Skewed Distribution of Wealth Amongst the Lower and Upper Classes of Society Cause Conflict? American citizens as a whole do not recognize exactly how greatly skewed money is distributed amongst the lower and upper classes, nor the problems and conflicts that come with this great amount of skewness. People argue that this uneven distribution contributes in keeping society functioning because people are unaware of this disproportional spread since there are not any grave conflicts that would cause them to need to become aware. The article, Wealth Inequality in America: It’s Worse Than You Think by Chris Mathews, instead states that the top two percent of the wealthiest people in America contain over half of the total overall
Consequently, demonstrating the uneven distribution of wealth within the United States. As the privileged white families reap the benefit of this unequal system that allows them essentially to move forward in their accumulation of wealth at an increased pace than the disadvantaged black families that fall victim to this
“America’s university system is creating a class-riven nation. There has to be a better way,” starts Murray (235). Are Too Many People Going To College is a piece written highlighting alternatives to traditional education, as well as the repercussions we are facing as a society as a result of the strict guidelines of traditional education; a point that is spotlighted throughout the piece is the subject of Liberal Education and the core knowledge that we as a people should maintain, as well as the flaws of college as an establishment. Though the title and points made in the writings of Murray may lead one to believe he is standing against the college establishment, it is clearly stated from paragraph one that he believes more people should be
The immigration system is not something people think about every day, but it is a huge problem for the individuals coming to America. Many people want to come to America because of the opportunities, one being education. Immigrants may have the opportunity to come to America, but cannot afford to go to college to receive the education deserved. There needs to be an education plan provided to immigrants. This new program, called Sponsoring Hope, will provide immigrants with sponsors who pay for them to attend school.