An Analysis Of John Cassidy's 'College Calculus'
Kenzie R. Lincoln
Roncalli High School
In “College Calculus” John Cassidy presents both sides regarding whether or not a higher education is necessary. For hundreds of years Americans have stated that a higher education is key to human betterment. Recently the demand for a higher education has increased because it does not just help a person acquire higher-paying jobs; it also raises wages and helps with rising inequality. Colleges have also continuously failed to prepare graduates to perform tasks that the economy requires. College tuition has risen immensely in recent years, in fact, students in the United States tend to spend four times as much money on college than other people in …show more content…
Cassidy never picks a side regarding whether or not a higher education is necessary for the success of a person. However, he presents both sides and provides strong arguments for both cases. Cassidy expresses how the expensive costs of college can make or break a person’s decision regarding whether or not they want to attend. He states, “Students in the United States pay about four times more than their peers in countries elsewhere” (Cassidy, 2015, p.2). The United States is one of the only places in the world to have such high costs for college. With this being the case, it would be more beneficial to study in a different country for free. The outrageous prices almost force people to not go to college and go straight into the workforce. Paying for college can put a person so far in debt that it was almost pointless to go to college in the first place. If college did not cost such an abundant amount of money, more people would be inclined to go. However, the money a person makes after having a job is more rewarding than the actual money spent on college in the first place. College may be expensive but it is worth …show more content…
Cassidy writes that, “The American educational system has failed to meet the challenge by supplying enough graduates who can carry out the tasks that a high-tech economy requires”(Cassidy, 2015, p.2). The schooling system is not up to date with the new technology and jobs that come with it. With the failure to prepare people for the new high-tech jobs, colleges are practically setting graduates up for failure. The education system needs to advance with society and its standards. If college cannot prepare students for the real world then there is no point in