preview

Is College A Lousy Investment?

Powerful Essays
The debate on whether or not students should attend college after achieving a high school degree is one that many would like to consider two-sided; Debra Humphreys says that “going to college is clearly better than not going,” but Claire Potter mentions the opposite side, quoting an unnamed professor who says that “the vast majority of people who end up in our community college system don’t belong in college at all.” I would argue that the issue is not two-sided, and that there are more complexities to the issue than are always printed in media; to say that all college students should go to college or that all should not attempt to place a variety of different cases into a single group. Perhaps a better option is to say that college (in the traditional sense, with boarding and special liberal arts programs) should be recognized as an option for students immediately after their high school graduation, but other options, including the choice to go to vocational school or entrance straight into the workforce, should be considered.

The “best option” cannot be argued in a general sense; it instead must be evaluated on a case by case basis. For example, from an economic standpoint that considers the constant increase in knowledge required to maintain a significant position in the economic hierarchy, the “best option” for a student immediately after high school graduation may be vocational training at a specialized institution.

However, the vocational training option may not be best for a high school graduate whose family owns a farm in which a more traditional inheritance-of-property aspect should be considered (and considering the consistent need of a food supply, this is perfectly reasonable) or for a student with appropriate fin...

... middle of paper ...

...ashington Post, 2012. Web. 16 November 2013.
McArdle, Megan. "Is College A Lousy Investment?". The Daily Beast, 2012. Web. 16 November 2013.
Murray, Charles. ""What's Wrong with Vocational School?"." Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. 631-634. Print.
Perry, Robert T. ""On 'Real Education'"." Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. 625-627. Print.
Pharinet. ""Is College for Everyone'"." Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. 635-636. Print.
Potter, Claire. "Should They Stay or Should They Go?: A Few Thoughts on Who is 'Supposed' To Be in College.". The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011. Web. 16 November 2013.
Get Access