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College Education: Worth It or Not Rodney Smith argues that a college education is worth the costs in his essay, “Yes, A College Education is Worth the Costs.” He contends that higher education is an investment and stewardship. He supports this by showing that unemployment rates go down as the level of education rises and that pay goes up as education level rises. He tells the story of his grandfather using his life savings to allow his father to go to college instead of to work on the family farm; his father realized the sacrifice and made sure to use the funds wisely and went on to graduate near the top of his law school class. Smith relies on appeals to logos (facts/reason) and pathos (emotions) to argue his position. Smith does…show more content…
Nemko offers some practical solutions for lower achieving students: apprenticeship programs, short career-preparation programs at community colleges, on-the-job training, and the military. He advises parents of those going to college to consider price as quality is not equated with costs of the college and prestige is not that meaningful in the real world. Finally, he argues that some bright students do not need college to succeed in life. He offers a huge list of non-college grads who became famous and successful. His main point is found is the last 3 sentences of his essay: “College is like a chain saw. Only in certain situations is it the right tool…..” Nemko’s essay appeals to logos with an abundance of facts and common sense reasoning. He also uses his position as a long time school counselor to appeal to authority