Why College Is Not The Best Choice For Everyone Essay

1040 Words Oct 14th, 2016 5 Pages
From the day we start school, it is drilled into our brain that college is the only way to have a good future, but that may not be the case at all. Just ask Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. Although it helps to have a revolutionary idea like these men, it is not necessary. Ordinary people can also achieve success without a college degree. At least, that’s what Charles Murray in his article “Are Too Many People Going to College?”, Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill in their article “Should Everyone Go to College?”, and Mike Rose in his article “Blue-Collar Brilliance” argue. They acknowledge that college has its benefits, but they also realize that it has some drawbacks. These authors believe that college promotes social inequality, that college is not a requirement for a well-paying job, and that college is not the best choice for everyone.
Although college has become more inclusive as of late, all the authors agree that the college degree has become yet another way to make a distinction between social classes. Murray points out that there has been an increased emphasis on going to college, especially among the middle class. He attributes this to the fact that the B.A. (bachelor of arts) has turned “into a symbol of first-class citizenship” (250). Because a college degree is not yet accessible to large parts of the population, he feels that the college system is partly to blame for the class division present in America. Similarly, Owen and Sawhill have observed…

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