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The Social Value of College

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What is the social value of college? The answer to this question is quite different when it is asked to multiple people. Some people believe that the social values that are learned in college can be learned outside of college, and others believe that college provides students with an environment to learn and practices social values in a controlled environment. One person that believes that people can learn social values outside of college is Dale Stephens. When it comes to people, who believe that college gives students a controlled environment to learn and practices social values are Michael S. Roth and Zac Bissonnette. In my opinion Stephens, Roth, and Bissonnette all have important points on the social value of college.
Stephens’s belief that the social values a college graduate learns in college can be learned outside in the work force has many setbacks. One setback is when he states in his article is that a person can use social media to sell himself or herself to a prospective employer. In my opinion about this is that as a manager, I am more likely to hire a prospective employee that takes the time to write a résumé and dressing appropriately for the position, I am interviewing them to fill. Many prospective employees that have used social media to apply for positions also use that as their only means of social interaction. When it comes to these prospective employees, I often end up having to terminate their employment do to their social values being hindered and their lack of work ethics. Social values at the college level have a vast impact on how an employee interacts with other employees as well as the customers. Another setback is when he states that in college failure is punished instead of seen as a learning opport...

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...ility to overcome obstacles that are on their path, and the social interactions the college student learns and practices from working with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Social value of college comes from every interaction a college student has with other student and the faculty of the college, and how they deal with the everyday stress of college. In my experience, there is a great social and cultural value of college and everyone should at least try to experience just a little of these values for themselves.

Works Cited

Dale Stephens, “College is a waste of time”. CNN. CNN. 03 June 2011. Web. 05 March 2014.
Michael S. Roth, “Why liberal arts matter”. CNN. CNN. 21 May 2011. Web. 05 March 2014.
Zac Bissonnette, “Your College Major May Not Be as Important as You Think”. New York Times. New York Times. 03 November 2010. Web. 05 Mar. 2014

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that dale stephens, michael s. roth, and zac bissonnette all have important points on the social value of college.
  • Opines that stephens' belief that the social values a college graduate learns in college can be learned outside in the work force has many setbacks.
  • Explains how stephens' belief that people can learn social value outside of college can be true; it is always up to the individual’s desire to achieve success.
  • Opines that the parents pushing their children to go to college after world war ii was a milestone in the social value of college.
  • Analyzes how zac bissonnette's article states that many college students' parents pressure them into choosing majors that they can use when the student finishes college.
  • Explains that the social values of college are a student's desire to achieve success, their ability to overcome obstacles, and their social interactions with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Opines that college is a waste of time. dale stephens, michael s. roth, "why liberal arts matter". cnn. 21 may 2011.
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