Bird, Caroline. “College Is a Waste of Time and Money”. The Norton Reader: Shorter. 13th ed. Ed. Linda H. Peterson, Joseph Bizup, Anne Fernald, Melissa Goldthwaite, and John C. Brereton. New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 2012. 217-225. Print.
In the article “America’s Most Overrated Product: The Bachelor’s Degree” by Marty Nemko, the author argues several different views on why higher education may be very overestimated. For starters, the author shares his opinion more than anything else due to him being a career counselor. The purpose of this essay is to explain to the readers that most people start off with the idea of living the American Dream. Which is practically going to college to have a better life and career. But over the time the idea of working very hard for a Bachelor’s degree has become very dimmed. Furthermore, for some people, when they think of the American Dream they think of hope for bettering themselves and also helping their families. Unlike the author, Nemko feels that even the thought of trying to pursue to get a bachelor’s degree is overrated. The audience of this passage would most likely be teenagers going into college and parents. Nemko states that “Colleges are quick to argue that a college education is more
The argument about if college is worth it or not has been one of the biggest arguments throughout the media for decades. Students suffer a lot from the debts that they get from college and also the amount of studying that they do in college and when they graduate they ask themselves “is graduation from college really worth all the money that we paid and all the work that we have done?”
The author Charles Murray says there are too many people going to college without really saying it. The essay is written in a way that his audience will understand by the time they finish reading that he has many valid points. He Persuades his readers with facts and counters arguments to false stereotypes involving college and success. By questioning whether college is for everyone makes "you" the reader want to rethink if your time spent in college was really worth it in the end.
In “College Is a Waste of Time and Money,” Caroline Bird, a college lecturer makes very good and valid points that college is wasting time and money. She describes how society has pushed students into getting higher education right out of high school. Leaving us with the question, are students getting a higher degree of education to better their future or to keep them busy and paying an institution.
Is the return from college worth the effort it takes to be successful in a college environment? Some people may have different opinions on whether they think college is worth the effort that has to be put in to make a college education pay off. one example of someone who would argue that college is worth going to is Devorah Lieberman, author of the article “Stop Scaring Students.” Author Caroline Bird, who wrote “College Is A Waste Of Time And Money.” would argue that college is not worth going to. In this essay both sides of this neverending argument will be presented and compared.
“Are Too Many People Going to College?” by Charles Murray poses a question about the mass majority of students going to college. Murray states various reasons why some recent high school graduates will not succeed in college, if they attend at all. Some students are not deemed as “fit” for college or possess a trade they are superb at that can be continued in lieu of college. Charles Murray displays his reasoning’s in such a way that the reader may start to believe his viewpoint of college are correct while simultaneously questioning the approach he uses to present his opinions.
Many individuals went to college, not for the education, but to continue a tradition set forth by generations of family members. They did not take college seriously, for it was simply the next step, in order to follow through along the path that their family members had paved.
Since I grew up in a household with two parents who are college graduates, and even two grandparents who had graduated from college, the idea of attending college was never seen as a unique opportunity, but rather as a necessary part of my future. I’m not going to complain about growing up with parents who valued the pursuit of knowledge, but it certainly never exposed me to the mindset that maybe college is not the best option for everyone after high school. Today, there is a huge debate over if the price of college is really worth it in the end, with the high cost of tuition and the number of people who just aren’t prepared for the demands that college has to offer. And on the other side, some say that college is a necessity not just in one’s
In the commentary College can pay off, but to varying degrees author Megan McArdle talks about her thoughts on the biggest investment one can make, themselves. The article spends most of the time talking about the United States as a society and how college benefits everyone differently. Megan discusses the fact to some students college may never pay off, while for others it is a very necessary part of life. The article includes a few interesting facts that really makes it seem apparent, everyone should go to college. Yet while the author has many good points, she does seem to think that going to college is easier than it really is. Overall the article is a vague discussion into America’s problem that is student dept.
First of all, we live in the days of a modernized and advancing world. That is to say that during this time we call the Information Age, almost every individual wants to attain higher intelligence or better skills to get a better job or land a reputable good career. Yet, many individuals argue the idea that it’s not that important. For instance, George Stephanopoulos writes in his article about US Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who brings up a valid point that due to already possessing skills and having their own ideal dreams, “there are a lot of people in this country that have no desire or no aspiration to go to college” (“Rick Santorum: ‘A Lot’ of People in US Have No Desire for College”). In defense, college teaches many values that can shape an individual over the course of pursuing a degree,...
Everyone knows that person from high school that just wasn’t cut out for college. It’s not a bad thing by any means, but if you’re thinking about heading off to college like many American teenagers often do, think about this: going to college can be a waste of both your time and your money. I’m not the first to say it, and I sure as hell won’t be the last. In Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill’s essay, Should Everyone Go to College?, the two authors take a strong economic approach to justify going to college. Owen, an ex- senior research assistant at Brookings’ Center on Children and Families and current research associate at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan center for research on the problems of urban communities, and Sawhill, the co-director of the Center on Children and Families and a senior fellow in economic studies at Brookings, claim that the return on investment (ROI) of a college education is overwhelmingly positive on average; However, they also bring light
Caroline Bird writes the statement in her 1975 article “The Case Against College (Bird 15-18)” that not every high school graduate is ready to attend college. It is 2010 and this article is still valid today. Some of the college students I have been around were not mature enough for obedience school let alone college. A few of the points she makes in the article are: College has never worked its magic for everyone. Does it make you a better person? Are colleges responsible for your children? Are my children living in a country club? I will use some of my own experiences as an example of college life, as well as examples from my daughter’s college experience, along with my nephews as well. All to find the answer to the big question: Are you ready for a college education?
Throughout the years, America has always debated whether education is needed- if it helps people succeed or not. The argument in the past was always over high school education, which is now mandatory. That decision has helped the US rise economically and industrially. Today, the US is in the middle of the same debate- this time, over college. Some, like David Leonhardt, a columnist for the business section of The New York Times, think a college education creates success in any job. Others, such as Christopher Beha, an author and assistant editor of Harper’s Magazine, believe that some college “education” (like that of for-profit schools) is a waste of time, and can even be harmful to students. Each stance on this argument has truth to it, and there is no simple answer to this rising issue in an ever changing nation full of unique people. Any final decision would affect the United States in all factions- especially economically and socially. However, despite the many arguments against college, there is overwhelming proof that college is good for all students, academically or not.
In the essay "College is a Waste if time and money," Caroline Bird's overall arguement is that college is a complete waste of time and money. One of the main arguements she uses to support her claim is that students are only attending college because it is the "thing to do" (428) or because it's what society expects from them and she beleives that that is a waste of time and money because most students don't even want to be there in then first place. They're unhappy there, but feel like they need to go. Bird conducts studies and according to her "most professors and administartors, when pressed for a candid opinion, estimiate that no more than 25% of their students are turned on by classwork" (428), and then she states that the other 75% think of college as more of a social center or even a prison. Although there may be some truth to those words overall I do not agree with her arguement.