Analysis Of College Is A Waste Of Time And Money By Caroline Bird

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Ever since I was little I was always told that our generation had to go to college to get a job. As I grew up I was told our generation had to go to college to get a job that makes good money. Now that I am in college and have taken out student loans, I realize even more that I need a high paying job to help me financially. I do not want all the money I will have to pay back go to waste. College is a very expensive place so it cannot be taken as a joke. It is simple a person must get good grades and get good money but my perspective was changed a little when I read a very unique article. “College is a Waste of Time and Money” by Caroline Bird is an article about why higher education is a complete waste. Bird has first-hand knowledge on the …show more content…
Logos is an appeal to logic so that the reader can be persuaded to listen to the author. To appeal to logos, Bird uses statistics, interesting facts, and good points to make her article very persuasive. For example, the first half of the article talks about why college is a waste time. Bird said,” They simply hang around college unhappily and reluctantly” (373). This quote shows that students are wasting their time going to school because they are not satisfied there. Bird adds in some statistics as well. Bird said,” Leon Lefkowitz, chairman of the department of social studies at central High School in Valley Stream, New York, interviewed 300 college students at random, and reports that 200 of them didn’t think that the education they were getting was worth the effort” (375). 200 out of 300 is two thirds of the students. This quote helps the reader understand how many people agree with what Bird is saying. In the second half of the article Bird explains why college is a waste of money. Bird explains how someone who goes to college could actually make less money in the long run. Bird stated,” If a 1972 Princeton-bound high-school graduate had put the $34,181 that his four years of college would have cost him into a savings bank at 7.5 percent interest compounded daily, he would have had at age 64 a total of $1,129,200, or $528,200 more than the earnings of a male college graduate, and more than five times as much as the …show more content…
Throughout the article she appealed to logos, ethos, and pathos. She gave several examples from people who have first-hand knowledge of college. Bird also explains all of her quotes and statistics thoroughly so the reader is not left with any unanswered questions. While the article did have good points, it still had some areas where what was said was questionable. The article was also very lengthy. All in all, Bird makes the reader question whether going to college is actually worth it, even if people might not think she is correct. Reading Bird’s article is not a waste but is

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