Is Higher Education Worth The Cash?

1601 WordsFeb 23, 20177 Pages
Is Higher Education Worth the Cash? In Marty Nemko’s article, “We Send Too Many Students to College,” he analyzes and questions whether college is truly worth the money. Marty “holds a Ph.D. specializing in the evaluation of education from the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently taught there” (martynemko.com) as well as published seven successful books. Two of the books he wrote were associated with college focused on interesting careers to choose, as well as an all in one college guide. The other books he published had nothing to do with the topic of college, but titled, “What 's the Big Idea?: Reinventions for a Better America” and “How to Do Life: What they didn 't teach you in school”. In addition to his novels, he…show more content…
Marty wants to back up the sad statement that he started his article with by drawing some pity from the audience. This expression of emotion from Nemko suggests a candid tone that wants to encourage the readers to think twice about their kids’ education. Marty moves on to counter the point that college graduates end up making more money in the end. He brings up that most college bound students are smarter to begin with, which is debatable. Nemko then states, “you could lock the college-bound in a closet for four years and they’d earn more than the pool of non-college-bound--they’re brighter, more motivated, and have better family connections.” (Practical Argument 32). When he makes this declaration, Marty is mainly saying smarter people tend to go to college, and if these so called smarter people did not go to college, they would still make more money than those who were not college bound to begin with. By saying that Nemko is basically trying to say that living in a box for four years is going to give you an identical financial advantage to college. He backs this up with no evidence, therefore the quote is a fallacy because it does not appeal well to the reader’s logic, therefore weakening his argument. Even if he is trying to make a point, to the reader it is immensely confusing and misleading, making Marty’s appeal to reason less effective. How could you think a college
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