12 April 2016
Why a college education is unnecessary
“They help employers find the most productive workers, and a generic kind of productivity can be demonstrated as effectively in medieval history as in accounting classes.”-(Caldwell,214)
More Americans are going to college than ever before. Many graduates, however, are buried in debt with few job prospects. The central concern is the cost of a college degree. The price of a college degree has always been a concern for families, this dates back even to the early 60’s when tuition would cost families around $2000.00. Obviously in today’s society you can’t get a year at a 4 year university for at least $1000.00.
The other issue that reveals itself is “Is a college education actually relevant?” Is a college degree really worth it? By “worth” I’m talking about the price you have to pay and the debt you accumulate. A few families can afford to write a check to cover the entire expense of today’s college costs, but the overwhelming majority of families cannot do so. Graduates now are routinely ending their undergraduate years with loan debt in the $30-50K (or more) range. Six-figure debt is not unheard of. It’s a scary scenario.
The value of a college education has also come under recent examination. Some college graduates enter the work force unequipped to deal with the demands of the real “working” world. Some employers have complained that properly prepared graduates are hard to find. You have to know what you are getting for your buck with a college education. The other thing I'd say is .only 16 percent of managers said the people they hire are ready for the workforce.
A four year degree is not worth paying a debt you’ll likely spend most of your life paying for. Also, right now, a graduate of a community college, which is a two-year college, on average, makes more than a graduate of a four-year college. Community college is one alternative. A trade school is another...