Why Is Caroline Bird College Is A Waste Of Time And Money

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70 percent of Americans will attend a four year university, two thirds will graduate from those universities. Additionally, 30 percent of college students will drop out after their first year (¨Statistics of a College¨). Caroline Bird, the author of “College is a Waste of Time and Money,” was born in 1915 and later attended the University of Toledo as well as the University of Wisconsin. Bird then became a journalist during World War ll and wrote several books on women 's rights. She was soon being called one of the “founding mothers” for feminists ("CAROLINE BIRD 's Obituary”). In 1975 she published an article entitled “College is a Waste of Time and Money” which states critical opinions on the industry of college, the article but was published…show more content…
This demonstrates the expectation for high school graduates to advance on to college. However, once students enroll in a university, many find that college is not the place for them. Bird considers college a “sentence to be served,” comparing students to prisoners in jail (Par 14). Her article was created using her research which involved interviews of actual college students and professors. She focuses on the fact that many college students are unhappy studying at a university and claims that college is, overall, a waste of time and…show more content…
Caroline Bird gathered her own data by lecturing on college campuses and questioned professors and administrators (Par 2). Her article is intended for college students and the general public in the 1970s. In 1969, 80 percent of college students thought education was important and two years later the percent went down to 74 percent (Bird Par 17). “44 percent of Americans now believe that getting a college education is ‘very important’” (Valerie Strauss). This is a shocking number that students are thinking less and less of education. Bird claims that college increases the wealth gap and research proves it. According to Aimee Picchi, the wealth gap continues to increase because fewer lower class families can afford college. Bird agrees that college tuition is helping the growth of the wealth gap (Par 23). As student loans continues to increase, it becomes unrealistic to afford college and by not receiving a higher education that narrows the job field and the salary (Valerie Strauss). The 1970s was full of history: the Vietnam War was just ending, President Nixon Resigns and the country entered an economic slump. Jobs were not circulating as well as they are now. Having a college degree back in the 1970s, it was difficult to find a job after graduating it is still true today. The millennial generation makes up about 40 percent of the unemployed in the U.S. today (Leah M.Goodman). A lot has
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