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"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” This quote by one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, suggests that education has always been greatly valued in life. However, the escalating cost of higher education, among other reasons such as lack of motivation and financial aid, is causing many to question the value of continuing education beyond high school. Many wonder whether or not the time, money, and devotion will actually pay off in their futures. However, educating our American citizens is what will ensure the future success of our country as a whole.
In today’s society, the idea of receiving a college education has been pondered quite a bit as to whether or not it is actually worth it. According to Michelle Adam, many people “…today believe that getting a good education is key to success in our society, this revealed surprising issues that challenge the notion of higher education being worth its price tag” (59). Naturally, many high school graduates apply for college right before or after graduation. Others decide to go into the work force, armed forces, or simply remain unemployed. The question that many people debate about is, is a college education worth it in the long run?
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However, not everyone believes this is the right move education should be taking at this moment. Those in support state this is the best decision possible to teach the children of the 21st century. Others say the cause for the decline in the quality of education in the United States stems from other sociological factors not from how the system is currently being worked. Even more are concerned if schools will be ready for this new wave of change. Will Common Core be effective in helping prepare high school graduates for the future?