Over the years, society has progressed and changed in several ways. Many ideas have evolved for the better, however some for the worse. One instance of a change for the worse is the evaluation of the expectations around higher education. The way America has come to treat a college education is harmful for its youth. Between employers’ lack of care for the discipline of degree achieved (just that those applying have one,) the steep price tag, and the absence of a genuine pursuit of knowledge, the flaws in the college education system are obvious.
Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date Why College Tuition Should not be Free Introduction Education is a major driving force for a country’s economic, social and political development. Every youth desire to attain a college degree as it offers many opportunities to the graduates. Higher education is however very expensive and hence reserved for the privileged families. Making college education free would however not be the ultimate solution. Vilorio (12) contends that the youths need to understand the essence of hard work and working their way up a college degree.
The question of whether university education should or should not be free raises many views from the public; some against the idea others for it. First, it is important to note that higher education is quite sensitive because it serves as a final transition stage for a student into the career world. Therefore, its quality and integrity should be held high, by ensuring that only the individuals with the relevant academic requirements access it. And for this to succeed, I believe that however measures put in place in the reduction of university fees, higher learning should not be free. Therefore, university education should not be free in order to maintain the quality standards, balance the national budget and reduce the ever-growing unemployment issue.
Thus, if university education becomes available for free, then students may not find it to be as valuable. Making students aware of the university’s cost would make them more responsible of their studies. According to Matt Bruenig in the article ‘The Case against Free College’, twenty percent of students from the poorest families in the United States attend universities and colleges. On the other hand, in the richest two percent of families, the same number stands at around ninety percent (Bruenig, 2015). As a result, making university education free would be more beneficial to the rich than the poor; thereby increasing further inequality in the society.
The authors conducted a survey research study to examine the relationship between academic performance and cheating. They hypothesized that the inverse relationship between academic performance and cheating is moderated by school identification and academic self-efficacy. The results show that cheating is more likely among lower achieving students when they do not identify with school and among higher achieving students with low levels of academic self-efficacy. Past research on academic cheating has been dominated by college samples and has excluded the study of any similarities and differences between teachers and students in their perceptions of cheating problems. Accordingly, various perceptions were examined by studying a sample of middle and senior high school students and their teachers in four different schools.
A large contributor to this prejudice is the media, which has been infamous in spreading images of racial minorities which establish their general appearances and behaviors (Omi and Winant 5). These publications spark generalizations about whole groups and acceptable treatment of them by the dominant culture, which can be seen in racial profiling. By discriminating against groups based on dominant generalizations, the color line is strengthened, and thus racial and ethnic groups are treated inferiorly to whites. It is also crucial to view the theory from a minority’s standpoint and their role to fit into the constructed social order. Omi and Winant discuss how students of color feel the pressure to decentralize their racial identity and spend time primarily with white students (Omi and Winant 4).
They can’t invest in themselves and boost standards. Today, studying at a university may cost you a big amount of money, and you maybe can not afford that, but there are solutions too. You may take student loans with quite favorable conditions and we must not forget about scholarships. With the current student loan system, lenders are far more forgiving and the repayments are much
Both Staples and Cofer are representatives of ethnic minorities; Staples is Afro American and Cofer is Latin American. They both are successful scholars and earned their Ph.D. after the years at the universities. Another thing, which also unites these two, is racial stereotypes. Taking into account the existing prejudices in American society in 1960-1970s, that was quite an exploit to get not only higher education but to become a Ph.D. and a valuable employee. Unfortunately, no matter how hard one from ethic minority tries to assert oneself in this world, he/she will be always misjudged from the perspective of racial stereotypes.
In today society, people are easily looked by their college degree level and they can be judged by their degree. But not everybody can afford to go to college in order to get a degree. People have different reasons of not going to college but most of the reasons are because of the tuition. Tuition are too high and they can not afford it. If the free college situation does not make a great effect on the economy, I believe that college should be free because free college can encourage more students to go to college, earn a degree and can decide on their future without the worry of paying debt and contributing to create a better society with their knowledges.
4.2 Negative Influence Results from literature have also shown negative effects or impacts on students, generally and on their academic work at tertiary level. Outcomes from Karimi and Khodabandelou’s (2013) suggest that a sense of addiction may affect students adversely when engaged in social media. This was asserted by findings from Singh and Laxmi’s (2015) study which reveals that majority of students felt that social networking sites were kind of an addiction. Results from Paul, Baker and Cochran’s (2012) research reveals that the time used up on social networking sites has an undesirable impact on students’ academic achievement. Responses from students in Eke, Omekwu and Odoh’s (2014) study reveal that social media had a negative impact on students’ academic work as it led to an internet addiction and promoted procrastination.