Value of Education Synthesis Essay

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Kabera, Baraka Alex

Jan 15, 2019

Value of Education Synthesis Essay

Are you excited to be reading this? I am too. Like when we were on our way to America. I was so cheerful because I knew I was lucky this time. My goal was to get here and go to school. From where I come from, we wouldn’t have to think twice about a chance for college. A college education is meant for everyone, regardless of who you are. Some people believe that college is useless. They think it delays the process of success and that it is expensive. In my opinion, college is functional because it provides one’s life with more opportunities.

In the editorial "Education is Worth the Investment," William J. Lowe emphasizes that college is the best way to invest in your future. As an illustration, Lowe argues “. . . Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average than those without a degree” (par. 4). The essence of the author’s argument is that people with a higher level of education make more money than those who don’t. I agree that people with higher education make more money because, in my opinion, doctors, teachers, and scientists earn more than those who work in restaurants. In addition, Lowe states, “College graduates are also more likely to be employed full-time than their less-educated counterparts and are less likely to be unemployed . . .” (par. 5). In making this comment, the author argues that it’s easier for people with a college education getting a job than it is for those with no college education. I agree with the authors claim that “Education is Worth the Investment” because of my experience that some of my relatives find it harder to get a stabled job confirms it. Furthermore, according to Lowe, “The National Center for Education Statistics found more than one-third of graduates have no debt . . .” (par. 8). Basically, the author is saying that not all college students take out loans, most of them end up graduating with no debt. The author’s claim that a university student found college affordable rests on the questionable assumption that every student can qualify for enough financial aid to pay for school and their needs outside of the school. Therefore, these are just a few reasons why a college education is worth the investment of time.

On the other hand, in the commentary, “College is a Waste of Time,” Dale J. Stephens asserts that attending college is a misspend of time and costly. For example, he states that “The College Board Policy Center found that the cost of public university tuition is about 3.6 times higher today than it was 30 years ago . . .” (par. 4). The author’s point is that college will never be affordable for everyone and that the chances of students getting enrolled will decrease because the price is only rising. The author claims that attending college classes is exorbitant and all, but we don’t need him to tell us that. William J. Lowe answers that idea by saying that college is worth it and that “more than one-third of graduates have no debt”. In addition, Stephens states, “The success of people who never completed or attended college makes us question whether what we need to learn is taught in school,” (par. 6). Basically, the author is saying that students are being taught what they need to know to meet their future goals. Also, the people who never attended college are creating successful businesses and projects while others are being awarded “conformity rather than independence”. I agree with Stephens point that some people can make it in life without attending college. On the other hand, Lowe is guaranteeing that those with college degrees do and will always make more money than those who don’t. Furthermore, according to Stephens “Our creativity, innovation, and curiosity are schooled out of us,” (par. 2). In the essence of the author’s argument is that the school limits what you can do because you have to be a perfectionist while going through step by step. As a result, these are just a few reasons as to why you shouldn’t attend college.

Moreover, a college education is worth the time because it provides better career opportunities, prepares your future and you will earn more money. According to Becton Loveless mentions that “Families of college graduates are generally better off economically and socially. But it is also more likely that the next generation of children will attend college,” (par. 10). The author's point is that a college degree is meant to stabilize the family and set as an example for the next generation. In addition, “Benefits of Earning a College Degree states that ”college trains you to think analytically, understand complex subjects and communicate your own critical ideas about them,” (par. 12). In making this comment, Loveless argues that a college education enables students to understand life at a higher level. According to Loveless, “Because college gives you a broad range of skills, many college graduates end up in fields that are not what they studied in school,” (par.14). In other words, the author believes that college provides students with more options than those with just a high school diploma. So, attending a college education is super valuable and worth the time because of the above reasons.

In my opinion, a college education is worth it due to the fact that it provides one’s life with more opportunities. Some people believe that college is worthless. They think it delays the process of success and expensive. A college education is meant for everyone, regardless of how wealthy they are. Some people don’t attend college because they think that it’s not needed. But, It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have than having one unprepared. Therefore, all of you should stop believing in what they say and get those college degrees.

 

Works Cited

Lowe, William J. “Education is Worth the investment.” IU Northwest News. www.iun.edu.

Accessed 30 January 2019

Stephens, Dale. “College is a Waste of Time”. CNN. www.cnn.com. Accessed 30 January

2019

Becton, Loveless. “Benefits of Earning a College Degree.” Education Corner.

www.educationcorner.com. Accessed 30 January 2019

 


Submitted: March 02, 2019

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helmu

Interesting, although I don't believe college is for everyone. It sucks that getting a degree in America costs so much, because it puts a lot of people in an unfair position.

I'm personally at the place where I have to apply for college in a few weeks. I most likely won't get in, but I can try next year again. I have a lot of friends who aren't going to college, but they'll most likely get a job and make that their career. In my opinion, there should be more different choices than college. One could be apprenticeshio, where you can learn the job as you work. That would be a good choice for the people who aren't all that interested in studying, but want a job where they can do something concrete, e.g mechanics or farming.

Sat, March 2nd, 2019 9:27am

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