Monday, January 30, 2012

College, College, College

As a senior in high school, college is very important to me and many of my classmates. We seemingly feel as if college is controlling our lives because when we look at the statistics, it really is. Since the economy is so tough right now, it's hard to find a job especially without a college degree. However, college can be a troublesome time for families who cannot afford pricey colleges. Recently, Obama has decided to introduce a plan that helps make college more affordable to students. Now, after discussing equality in class this past week, is it fair that college will become more affordable to other students? After all, America is all about freedom and competition. Why should others have the ability to competitively compete for limited spots in colleges now that they have more funds to do so? There is two ways to look at this. One, coming from the side that supports the funding and then the opposing side that has the ability and means to afford the college without the additional help. What do you believe is fair?

7 comments:

Smith said...

What is the main goal of a mixed economy? Growth. How do you achieve growth? Increase production. How do you increase production (think about the production possibility curve)? Technology. How do we achieve technological advancements? Education.

Sarah Craig said...
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Sarah Craig said...

​ College is definatly a competition. Between just getting in to college and scholarships, the best student gets what they want. I don't thing that their should be a decrease in tuition due to your families income. There are lots of scholarships out there, plus, just getting great grade in high school and on act and sat, there are academic scholarships that are easy to apply. Plus most of the high ranked colleges are private so this wouldnt apply to them. And when it comes to getting jobs, the person with the better resumay( graduated from the better college) will get the job at the end of the day.

Daniella said...

I have conflicting views on this subject. I understand and see the point, Smith said in his comment. Helping more students go to college will benefit our country as a whole. Who know, the next Albert Einstein might come from a family who can't afford college but with Obama's new plan he will attend college and solve global warming. From personal experiences I know that if Obama's plan decreases tuition cost my little brother will have a better chance in going to college. I also see the point Sarah is making also, college is competitive and if you know your family can't afford college is should push students to getting better grades for scholarships. Attending Oakridge makes us a competitive students, but if tuition goes down ans college loses it competitiveness college preparatory schools will not be necessary.

Darcy said...

Education is essential to economic growth as a country. America, unfortunately, has one of the worst public educational systems in the entire world (on the highschool level). While this is terribly unfortunate, it consequently means that fewer and fewer people go on to college, or believe college is worth the price. The more educated professionals we produce in our country, the more growth our country can achieve. If we make college more affordable for everyone and give away more scholarships, perhaps that could encourage more highschool students who would otherwise drop out can go on and get a higher education to succeed.

Scott said...

Dangit, Amber, I was going to write a blog about this! This past week I spent three days in Auburn, Alabama visiting Auburn University. I went on a tour and pretty much fell in love with the school. After the tour, I sat down with my parents and told them this was the place to go. Now in the past few months of college searching, I had been unsure the entire time on where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do when I got there. This was the first time my parents got a definite answer about what I wanted to do so they decided to unload what their money speech that they had been holding back for so long. It never really occurred to me till right then that college if pretty gosh darned expensive. And it's getting more and more competitive as the days go on. And the job search AFTER college is getting more and more competitive each year. This past week was a real reality check for me. With the economy the way it is, places are holding back on hiring unless you are super qualified and a specialist in that company's field. So college is a pretty essential part of the steps to succeed. And somehow I have to find a way to pay for it all!

GageLane said...

Well, I honestly believe that it betters our entire society as a whole if everyone around us is given the opportunity to go to college. This is not going to decrease the competitiveness of college. Everyone wants to attend the pristine universities and being given a shot to attend college, they definitely will not get the absolute best college. After analyzing that, any college is better than no college at all.