Charles Murray's Article: Are Too Many People Going To College

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Children are taught from a young age that going to college will lead to a better life. This thought is to be put into the minds of five-year-olds who don’t know what college is, but they have to go. As those children grow up, they soon learn that there are other paths than just the one leading to higher education; yet even with those doors open to them, they continue onto their path of going to learn more. The pressure to pursue higher education is just a program that has been etched into their brains by the time it comes to apply for universities. Children who are taking their first steps into the world, with the idea that if they don’t go to college they aren’t going to have a good enough job to support themselves. But is higher education …show more content…
Here he argues the point that going to college isn’t the best choice for everyone. Some people would excel in other fields that don’t require higher education, instead of fields that do require a degree. In his article, Murray says, “ ...there is an overarching consideration so important it is so hard to express adequately: the satisfaction of being good at one does for a living” (237). This is something that is often overlooked when trying to choose a career or helping someone choose a career. People often look into what they can do with a college degree that they don’t think about what they can do without one, only because they have been taught to believe that they won’t go anywhere without a college …show more content…
An example Murray used in his article is that someone who was a fantastic electrician, would make far more as an electrician than if he went to college and worked in the world of business. If he were an electrician, he would be on the higher paying end of the electrician pay scale. However if he were to go to college for four years and get a Bachelor 's degree and work at a business, he would only be mediocre in that field. He would be better off being an electrician, even if he didn’t have to go to college, because he is good at what he does.
In Gerald Graff’s article “Hidden Intellectualism” he agrees on certain points with Murray. Such as the idea that someone should pursue what they are good at instead of trying to learn and do what everyone else is doing. Graff writes, “We associate the educated life the life of the mind, too narrowly and exclusively with subjects and texts that we consider inherently weighty and academic” (380). In making this comment, Graff points out that people aren’t taking advantage of what they are good at, because people have told them that what they are good at isn’t something that would be considered a

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