30 September 2015
1. In his article titled “Education’s Hungry Hearts”, Mark Edmundson presents an argument on whether a college degree is good for everyone. He takes an indifferent position on college education by arguing that it is only profitable for those students with the zeal to get a college education. Edmundson is of the opinion that some students need not go through the lengthy and expensive academic journey because they lack the drive for it in the first place. I think it is effective because there are students who want to learn and be successful but there’s others who don’t want too. An alternative system of students who do not favor typical classroom work but would prefer learning that more entwined with the workplace. The large number of college dropouts would benefit if they was a transformation in career and technical programs. As Edmundson states, there is no need for a future car mechanic to spend two years pursuing an associate degree in college.
2. In conclusion, it is evident that college degree is not good for everyone. Arguments have been fronted to the effect that college education is for those with urge for education and it is by no means a one-size fits all. The author has also correctly cited that college is way too expensive and thus should be prescribed only for those students with the craving for such higher learning education. The increasing number of career fields requiring credentials other than an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, is it really viable to invest significant amount of time, effort and money in a college degree for students who do not have the heart for it but are gifted elsewhere?
3. Edmundson’s thesis states, “Not all students have hungry hearts … and having a hungry (or not) is what makes all the difference for a young person seeking an education (521)”. He states it clearly by explaining to readers that education is important, but...