The Importance Of A College Education

1511 WordsJun 7, 20177 Pages
Albio Sires, a New Jersey congressman, said that “Middle-class families are struggling to send their sons and daughters to school. For many Americans, a college education is essential to future success.” His statement taps into one of the biggest issues in America. While education is a strong value in this country, after high school, the percentage of people getting an education dramatically drops. Although many people choose to not go to college, there are also many people who do not go simply because they cannot afford it. Without the skill set that one acquires during these crucial years of education, many Americans then lack the skills necessary to maintain a stable middle-class job. Through the play The Death of a Salesman, Arthur…show more content…
That’s what their parents had done (Kristof, NYTimes.com).” In addition, the parents do not want to give their children false hope about their future because financially it would not be possible. Either, many people remain in high debt, which they are never able to pay off, or they cannot go to college at all. By providing cheaper college options, America would be able to better close the gap between the middle and upper class (Boushey, NYTimes.com). In fact, the financial issue with education starts with elementary school. Studies show that many lower-middle class children have a lower vocabulary earlier on, and also have behavior issues in the classroom. These issues are normally because of lower quality institutions in these communities, and because the parents cannot afford to send their children to receive a better quality education. This results in many children dropping out of high school, and not furthering their education (Sawhill, NYTimes.com). Phil Davis, an author at the Huffington Post, said, “My kids (not to brag) are both honors students but that’s in part because we spend more like $1,000/yr on books, not $100.” Davis explains how in America, being successful in school is correlated with the money and resources the child has. Although many middle-class families can afford to send their children to a decent school, they cannot afford the extra costs to get them into better colleges. College is something that was not always
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