Will Americans Help Pay for College?

analytical Essay
2352 words
2352 words

Imagine a brilliant high school child named Michael who has a high GPA and is enrolled in the honors and AP curriculum; he precipitates in multitudes of extracurricular activities including sports and clubs. He gets accepted to many schools and received many scholarships. However, even with financial aid, he and his family are economically deprived and therefore incapable in funding a college education. This scenario is not an imagination but a common event in modern day America. Fifty percent of eighteen to twenty-five year old adults who did not attend a higher education institution experienced a similar situation (Why). These people belong in a university, an establishment whose nature is to judge base on the intelligence not on the wealth of an individual. The struggle is not forgotten by the average American; sixty-two percent of which agree that most students are not able to afford a decent education (Most). This is a concern on the smaller scale because these individuals will mature to experience a world even worse than their parents. The average high school graduate makes about a thousand dollars less annually today adjusted to inflation then in the year 2000 (Employment, Work; Employment Projections). This trend continues as the need for unskilled and uneducated continues to drop due to the increase in technology that can replace factory and farm hands. It is a problem on the larger scale because American society has lost potential doctors, teachers, and engineers. These people could have cured cancer, written great novels, or solved food shortages across the world. These jobs are in great demand and pay heavily (Employment). Therefore, one can end generations of poverty and misfortune by going to college. David Zimm... ... middle of paper ... ...College.” The Huffington Post. n.p. 18 Aug. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. “Pa. House Budget Locks in Most School Funding Cuts.” Pennsylavina Budget and Policy Center. Keystone Research Center. 21 Jun. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. “Reactive Nitrogen and The World: 200 Years of Change.” Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Mar. 2002: 65. Web. “Recent Deep State Higher Education Cuts May Harm Students and the Economy for Years to Come.” Center on Budget and Policies Priorities. 19 Mar. 2013: 12-17. Web. “The Role of School Improvement in Economic Development.” Econstor. Feb. 2007: 25-26. Web. Thomson, Derek. “College Enrollment Plummeted in 2012, but for Very Good Reasons.” The Atlantic. Edgecast Networks. 05 Sep. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. “Why Some of the Best and Brightest Skip College.” Inside Higher Ed. n.p. 14 Nov. 2008. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how michael, a brilliant high school student, gets accepted to many schools and receives scholarships, but his family is economically deprived and therefore incapable of funding college education.
  • Opines that college is needed to differentiate american society into useful jobs such as doctors and engineers to escape poverty.
  • Analyzes how the limited amount of scholarships and the government's financial aid has led to people who avoided college because they couldn't afford it.
  • Explains that universities were established as early as the hellenistic era in persia and alexandria; however, these institutions were limited to the wealth and powerful elite.
  • Explains that education became the standard for all later established universities, and it was the system all early american universities followed.
  • Explains that new inventions and technology caused the reduction in demand for labor because machines adequately replaced employees, causing many unskilled and uneducated people to be unemployed.
  • Analyzes how delbanco claimed that americans lost their sense of community and no longer cared about the poor's "passage from the margins to the center" in the real american dream.
  • Explains that the bipartisan agreement in the topic of education benefits both the individual and the economic system as a whole.
  • Summarizes the u.s. department of education's report, "120 years of american education: a statistical portrait."
  • Analyzes how levine, phillip, and zimmerman's book, targeting investments in children, tackles poverty when resources are limited.
  • Analyzes how college enrollment plummeted in 2012, but for very good reasons. thomson, derek.
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