They’re paying all this money and …’” (Zinsser 3). This dialogue backs up Zinsser’s point that college students are facing struggles and it also captures the reader’s attention. That is for the reason that the dialogue stands out, which is what it is supposed to do. By adding a dialogue, Zinsser makes his reader pause for a brief moment and have his/her mind active because it’s not the same way he has been writing the entire article. He changes up his style of writing to keep the reader entertained and also gave them a view of a student’s perspective in
In recent discussions of unemployment, a controversial issue has been whether a college education is worth the oppressive debt that colleges thrust upon their students. From this perspective, obtaining a preeminent education is not valued above the threat of student loans that constantly loom over the possessor. On the other hand, however, others argue that a college education constructs the building blocks for undergraduates to pursue more than just a job or career. In the words of one of this view’s main proponents, “Post secondary education should help students to discover what they love to do, to get better at it, and to develop that ability to continue learning so that they become agents of change- not victims of it,” (Roth). According to this view, secondary education develops a student’s ability to rise above change and are not lost to its enormous list of victims.
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).
In the story “College Pressures” written by William Zinsser, is about all the pressure, changes, and the feeling that come with college. In the story Zinsser, talks about how things that used to not be as important are some of the most important thing now, such as a transcript can make or break you when you are going up against a different students. Zinsser also talks about how people think that colleges act like villains with all of the prices and all of the things they make you buy, but really they are not villains in this equation, we are all just victims. Zinsser also captors all the pressures you put on yourself including peers, financial, and parents. He talks about how we can let our peers get to us, so we work too hard and forget
Most students learn by constructing knowledge based on an engaged learning process rather than by absorbing knowledge from passive sources. The diversity of student backgrounds, abilities and learning styles makes each person unique in the way he or she reacts to information. The intersection of diverse student backgrounds and active learning needs a comfortable, positive environment in which to take root. Dr. King continues by explaining, “Education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.” From back then to today’s society, kids are failing because they lack those morals that they need to succeed.
Schlack sums up the issue in three key words, “status, economics and competition”. By identifying these three factors, schack strengthens his appeal towards the reader by letting them know that he understands what is false about their ideas of going to college. Additionally, Schlack gives an example of a student who is brainwashed by parents and teachers who push them towards going to college. “ college is like your life. If you don 't go to college… you can 't live a successful life”.
Today’s college students are becoming more sensitized to the harshness of the outside world. Instead of learning to be resilient to others’ comments, they are being taught to take offense to any little word that could in some way be connected with a bad experience they might have had, and college administrators and professors are aiding this childish behavior. They are backing this movement to make adults into children. With this new movement to rid college campuses of any speech that may make anyone feel uncomfortable, students are being treated less like adults, and more like elementary children. In their essay, “The Coddling of the American Mind”, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathon Haidt express their concern about this movement.
People who are thinking of college would typically include parents who want to know if college is best for their child or children, high school students, adults looking to complete their schooling or even enhance it, and even people who have dropped out of school entirely. In order for Delbanco’s article to be well supported and robust, he would need to go over the cause for why people don’t think highly of college as a wise educational plan in life. He explains the basis of people not going to college, he says, “Some on the right say that pouring more public investment in higher education, in the form of enhanced subsides for individuals or institutions, is a bad idea.” This is important in an argumentative article to have a refutation; otherwise, the argument is weak and fails to support the claims that have been made by the writer. Introducing a counter argument in an argumentative article is an intelligent decision to do when writing; this provides insight on others thoughts that oppose the statement, which has been made by said person. In his refutation he also includes more information why people oppose college, he says, “Other thinkers, on the left, question whether the aspiration to go to college really makes sense for ‘low-income students who can least afford to spend money and years’ on such a risky venture, given their low graduation rates
Students should not be required to do volunteer work in communities in order to receive their school diploma. That is saying that the school is forcing them to do volunteer work or else they do not get their diploma. Students should have a choice to volunteer. It does help colleges be interested in them; however, it questions the student’s mind. They think, “ Why is it being forced on me to do this when I already have taken my required classes to earn those credits”.
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.
? The Credit Card Industry?s Role in Causing Student Debt, author, Carlos Macias, warns his audience that credit card companies will try anything and everything to get students to own a credit card from their company. Macias states that college students have a huge target on their back when it comes to credit
He says both students and professors need to work together in order to keep the true meaning of college, according to him is to nourish a world of intellectual culture. Edmundson states in his essay that students lack intellectual curiosity. He blames the schools by saying colleges in America are using the consumer mentality to increase their enrollment, but this is affecting the quality of education students are receiving. But he also blames the students for not challenging their conventional thought in fear of being invalidated. He then goes on to call those students “not
Student loans were created to help out students who want to go to college by giving them money that has to be paid back. Student loans are holding back borrowers instead of helping them become successful. Students loans were supposed to be a starter for social movement in students lives, but the only thing financial aid is doing is limiting borrowers abilities to become financially successful. The federal student loan
In the Article “The Year of the Imaginary College Student” Hua Hsu, a teacher at Vassar University does his best to create a case to see if the tension that stems from the fault finding college students say more about those who criticize political correctness more than it does the actual situations revolving around the true state of affairs. He states that the imaginary college student is a character created by critic’s cynicism. An easy target because current students are known as being a selfish, egotistical, and entitled generation also known as the millennial generation. Hsu sites several examples where students were seeking trigger warnings when in reality it is rarely the intention of a student or teacher to say something offensive. He tells of a hidden camera exposé where James O’Keefe a conservative activist tried to trigger a reaction from the students by creating a fake offensive situation in which a copy of the constitution was destroyed.