Should The Obama Generation Drop Out?

914 WordsNov 5, 20154 Pages
More often than not, young students are taught to believe that they must go to a prestigious university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or higher in order to have a fulfilling and satisfying career. This may hold true for some people, but others do not need to follow this same path. For students who choose a career that isn’t considered conventional or isn’t high in pay, they tend to be looked down upon which pressures them into choosing career paths that they do not have a passion for, or the skill set to actually accomplish which makes college a waste of time and money. While everyone should be encouraged to get an education beyond high school, people should be encouraged to get the education that is relevant and proper for them to make sure they are getting their money’s worth. In “Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?” Charles Murray believes that “a large majority of young people do not have the intellectual ability to do genuine college-level work” (95). Although this is true, not every career field requires the same level of coursework and may require different levels of intellectual ability. Also, academic intelligence should not be viewed as the only type of intelligence out there, and people with other gifts and talents should definitely be acknowledged and respected as well. Of course, most well-paying jobs require more than a high school education “…but it need not mean four years on a campus” (Murray 95). For instance, people who are aspiring to become a
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