Expanding Free Public Education to College Level America is in big trouble. Drastic changes have to be made and they have to made now. The average unemployment rate in the U.S. today stands at 7.7 percent (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Unemployment benefits were extended to 99 weeks, yet many are exhausting these benefits going months even years without work. Foreclosure is at an all time high, leading to family breakups and homelessness. The U.S. revenue is in desperate decline so much so that the country's financial rating has dropped. The situation leaves the country unable to pay its bills and threatens the ability to acquire loans. Millions of people cannot find jobs; however, in a most shocking twist, there is a dramatically high amount of American companies who cannot find skilled workers to fill necessary jobs. On July 7, 2012, The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary) reported 2.6 million jobs went unfilled in the previous month of May (2). How can there be so many employers seeking skilled workers while there are so many Americans unemployed begging for jobs? The answer to the question is that many, if not most, of the jobs created require some type of post secondary degree to meet the skill requirements to fill these positions. The country has now been in a recession for more than five years. Companies desperately need skilled employees and the U.S. desperately needs American's to get back to work to maintain its tax revenue. The U.S. is currently in a desperate enough need of skilled workers that it should provide state run college tuition to its citizens in order to combat the economic crisis. Critics argue that free higher education for all is far too radical an idea to be considered, is it any more radical than free k-12 education? It may not be viewed by all as necessary, rather, just another entitlement however, are Americans not entitled to essential education? Many will question where the funds will come from in order to finance public college education in the country's current financial situation; however, America already has programs in place to finance higher education for the poor. The vast remaining majority is expected to be able to afford to pay for higher education themselves; the question is, can they really? Others might say that the nation should focus on fixing the problems plaguing the K-12 public school system. "How much stronger would the American economy be if the billions spent on public education actually bought our 50 million schoolchildren a high-quality education?". If the nation were to expand its free public education to include higher education, would that not equate to providing higher quality education? In order to understand why free higher public education is so important to the well being of the nation one must first look back to why the country first began to provide free education to its citizens. The very fundamentals that developed America's public educational system still hold as true today as they had at its inception. The biography Chanel reports that the reform movement that led to universal public education began in the U.S. when Representative Horace Mann of Massachusetts established the nation's first educational system (Horace Mann.biography 1). Here America's first board of education was created in 1837 with Mann elected to serve as secretary (2). Before the system was established, education was only available to those who could afford to pay for it. At that time in history Mann's ideas were considered quite radical; however today they are not only accepted, they are indisputable. Mann believed that free public education for the nation’s children was vital in ensuring that one day they were able to function properly in society as productive citizens. He developed his system around six key principles:[(1) Citizens cannot maintain both ignorance and freedom; (2) This education should be paid for,…
Sex Education in Public Schools
When children are growing up, they will face many difficult and dangerous situations that include all aspects from their lives. Those could be the difficulty of choosing a university, the temptations of using drug, alcohol, and especially having sex. It is more dangerous if students do not know any information about sex. Therefore, sex education should be taught in public schools.
Sex education should be employed in public schools because it provides…
Issue: Is college necessary vital for your future success?
Background info: Almost all people determine to succeed and endeavor to reach their goal. For example, some people, after finishing high school, look for a job because they might think that this is the shortest way for them to save up. Others believe that college education prepares them a solid knowledge base of any careers; hence, they will choose to pursue higher education before starting their jobs. Although…
College – Is it worth it?
The cost of college is becoming an issue all across America. One of the major pieces to becoming successful business men/women is receiving a college education. Right now in our society a college education is no longer an option or privilege, but rather a necessity. We are practically raised to believe that one needs higher education in order to succeed in life. With increasing tuition prices and job loss, the college dream is slowly and surely…
College has been a form of higher education that students can attend after high school. In today’s society, it is frowned upon not to go to college after high school and for the most part, it becomes very difficult to have people consider hiring someone who didn’t attend a college. Many higher paying jobs are requiring a degree from a college and look at your GPA (grade point average) to see how capable the person is. Society makes a degree almost essential to our American society…
community college level.
Hard-working, outgoing individual with a passion for helping others. I am articulate when talking and easily engage in casual or professional conversations with others. I have well developed interpersonal skills and am a happy, energetic people person with and knack for teaching. I am considered an intelligent individual and am known by my peers to set the curve on exams.
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College Education and Success
English C & L 1
The importance of college education gets wide acceptance from all over the world. Once President Barrack Obama itself in his in speech in Macomb Community College in Warren made clear that, "by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world." This trend again emphasizes the role of education, especially college education in the success of an…
Higher Education: My Journey to the American Dream
Whether the price of pursuing higher education is worth it or not has become one of the biggest debates for graduating Americans. There are two sides of the debate: One side favors the argument that a college degree will benefit an individual’s financial well-being. On the other end of the debate, the second side is the concern on the debt increase for college graduates. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, for example, states that the unemployment…
How to Succeed in College
After a long period of schooling a student feels free in a college as he/she is believed to gain independence and it is at this time one grows up into an adult, when he/she will have a lot of options, choices and streams for life ahead. Not all succeed during or after college but it is also not impossible to succeed in life after higher studies in college. There is no mid path between success and failure as students either succeed or fail in life. When we analyze the experiences…
College is a Waste of Time and Money
The essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money” by Bird is an excerpt from the book The Case against College which was published in 1975. The author tells people that college is not an obligation in our life. Bird agues that college is a waste of time because the majority of college students go to college for social and economic reasons. Very few actually go to learn and have the desire to be there. And he think students were not…