Is College A Lousy Investment? Essay

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The debate on whether or not students should attend college after achieving a high school degree is one that many would like to consider two-sided; Debra Humphreys says that “going to college is clearly better than not going,” but Claire Potter mentions the opposite side, quoting an unnamed professor who says that “the vast majority of people who end up in our community college system don’t belong in college at all.” I would argue that the issue is not two-sided, and that there are more complexities to the issue than are always printed in media; to say that all college students should go to college or that all should not attempt to place a variety of different cases into a single group. Perhaps a better option is to say that college (in…show more content…
Again, the point is that college, in the traditional sense, should be recognized as an option for students graduating high school, but alternate cases should be considered. The articles written that are completely devoted to either extreme of the issue are numerous. Pharinet says that college is not for everyone, supporting her position by saying that “approximately 50% of students who begin college never graduate” (635). Yet, Robert Perry aligns with the opposite side, saying that “we need more, not fewer university and community graduates” because his state is facing a shortage in workers who fulfil requirements for their positions (625). Humphrey agrees with Perry, proposing that “for any individual student, going to college is clearly better than not going” (she also cites economic reasons). Although these writers are very strong in their positions on one side or the other, they fail to acknowledge the fact that the decision to go to college depends on more than just the economy or the graduation rate. Although these two considerations are significant, the age of the graduate, prior commitments (such as a family business), and how much money and time is desired to be spent on the education as a whole. Thus it is reasonable to consider community college or vocational school depending on the specific situation of the graduating student. As stated before, it is common for articles in media to slice the issue of education

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