Who Needs College Robert Ferguson

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In the passage “Who Needs College” by Niall Ferguson, Ferguson gives his own two cents on why college, in his opinion, isn’t as big a deal as we make it out to be. Ferguson explains why he thinks the college system is doing it all wrong and wasting peoples time and money. Ferguson doesn’t think that the college system is failing kids, but rather making it so only a handful of kids actually benefit from the experience. Throughout the passage Ferguson quotes people of influence such as Rick Santorum and Peter Theil who give their own opinion on college. Santorum states that “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day…that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them.” While this quote is quite one sided, as Santorum is a conservative, he does bring up a very good point that there are successful, hard working people who don’t go to college. …show more content…
This is because jobs that were once reserved for graduates, are now being outsourced to different countries. At the beginning of the article Ferguson talks about how foreigners, specifically Indians, dream of going to college in America and at the end Ferguson states “Paradoxically, our universities now offer social mobility mostly to foreigners. For Americans, they risk creating a new caste system.” Ferguson uses the opinions of two successful men to try and support his own views on college but, they seem a little too weak to truly convince me of his opinion that college isn’t as important as people make it out to be, the two men, Rick Santorum and Peter Thiel, both went to well respected colleges and have multiple degrees, and saying that both of these men could’ve been as successful as they are having not gone to college baffles