Is College Worth It Essay

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Is College Worth It? There are many reasons why a person may attend college. Some go for the opportunity to get employment; that through their hard work and money spent, they will end up in a high-paying field that will help repay their debts. In a different group, there are those who go to obtain a higher level knowledge, to better understand the world they live in and learn how to communicate with people that they would normally never would. Both of these ideas are beneficial in their own ways, but the consistent question that is brought up is not only how to fund the often-pricey endeavor that college is, but also how to obtain success once people leave college. In short, this debate comes down to a simple question; “Is College Worth It?” …show more content…
“Given the pace of change, it is impossible… to know what the world will be like in a couple of decades, so schools first and foremost should teach us habits of learning.” This sentiment reflects an important idea about higher education that is often forgotten; that higher education helps students better understand how learning works, and in turn how functions of the world work. John Dewey elaborated on this point in his essay entitled “Education for Critical Citizenship” when he stated that the only way to advance human society is“(to) make the conditions of life such that all will learn in the process of living, (and this) is the finest product of schooling" (p. 56). In this quote, Dewey hopes to say that education at its core is a way to help students realize that through every decision they make in life that they are in some way learning. College in that sense is an expansion on that point. As Michael Roth said later on in “Learning as Freedom”, higher education is “The develop habits of mind that allow students to keep learning, even as they acquire skills to get things

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