Community colleges and Failing Business

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“College education is only a mere rite of passage these days and a capstone to adolescent party time” (Henry). This is one of the things William A. Henry had to say about College Education, especially community colleges. William A. Henry was a critic, columnist and an author. In his career he received several prizes including the Pulitzer Prize as a drama critic for Time Magazine. He also wrote several books including his final and controversial book In Defense of Elitism which he talks about the tension America always had between elitism and egalitarianism. In those terms he sheds some light on education. Stanley Fish who published an article Colleges Caught In a Vise stating that colleges are offering an inferior product, in other words- an education that isn’t worth anything. Stanley Fish is a literary theorist, scholar, author, and was a professor in several Universities but now a Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and a dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. What these two authors had to say about college raises a question whether community colleges should exist anymore. William A. Henry even states that community colleges should be closed and the number of high school graduates that go on to college should be reduced by about fifty percent. I agree with William A. Henry that the number of community colleges should be reduced down in our education system because first: a community college certificate has no value and oversupply of college graduates is affecting the economy. Second, community college tuition and expenses are climbing and in result continuing to offer cheaper education. I will analyze what community colleges are currently doing wrong, why they should be closed, and r... ... middle of paper ... similar to a failing business: both doing whatever it takes to stay in business but fail in the long-run. Works Cited Clark, Ken. "Understanding the Skyrocketing Costs of a College Education." Saving for College. Saving for College. Web. 14 Feb. 2014. . Fish, Stanley. “Colleges Caught in a Vise.” The New York Times Company, 18 Sept. 2003. Web. 12 June 2013. Henry, William A., III. "In Defense of Elitism." Fresh Takes: Explorations in Reading and Writing. By Wayne Stein, Deborah Israel, and Pam Washington. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2008. 181-84. Print. "William A. Henry III; Pulitzer-Winning Drama Critic." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 1994. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. .

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