They Say I Say Analysis

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In the book, “They Say, I Say” chapter fourteen discusses the necessity for tertiary education. The fundamental focus of chapter fourteen is to determine whether or not higher education offers the bang for your buck. The chapter initiates disputes beginning with the article, “Are Colleges Worth The Price of Admission?” by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus. This article conveys a controversial issue of the rising cost of admissions and the descending quality of college education. With the questioning of the traditional educational system, many offer alternate solutions to combat these misperceptions such as the article written by Sanford J. Ungar, “The New Liberal Arts”. While liberal-art degrees rarely statistically illustrate much success, …show more content…
She accuses Perlstein of only examining the type of college he attended, “The University of Privilege” (212). Addison states that she believes the college experience Perlstein is thinking of is still alive in today’s community colleges. The author shows her credibility by stating she had been to two community colleges herself. She talks about being a high school dropout herself and how community college gave her the chance to succeed. She refers to community college as a “priceless springboard” for “Universities of Privilege” (213). Addison expresses her surprise that young students interviewed at a college essay workshop made no mention of community college. She explains that you can start college as a rookie and through community college you can build that educational base you need. She states, “hope can begin with just one placement test” (213). Addison talks about the community colleges that cover this country and they are “an option to dream” (214). She ends the article telling Rick Perlstein that “it is here he will find that college does still matter” (214).

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