Are Colleges Worth The Price Of Admission? Essay

1358 Words Sep 18th, 2014 6 Pages
Dan Rather once said, “A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.” Society today views a college degree similarly to the way Dan Rather viewed a college degree: as one of the only ways to achieve success in life. Why is it then that they make it so expensive that countless students have to take out loans and work part-time jobs so that they can attend college without graduating with a massive debt? In their article, “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission,” Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus ask the question of whether or not college is worth the cost that colleges are now demanding. The point they emphasize most is how many colleges are trying to do too many things at once and doing them poorly, degrading the quality of education, and effectively making it not worth the money in the eyes of many prospective students and their families. They call higher education a, “colossus─ a $420-billion industry─ immune from scrutiny and in need of reform” (Hacker, Dreifus 180). On the contrary, Hacker and Dreifus don’t believe that colleges should be trying so many new things at once, but rather they should be more organized about their reform so that it actually benefits the students. They provide ideas for reform that they think could improve the school systems if done in the right manner, such as engaging all the students and allowing teachers fewer breaks from…

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