Pr. Zachary O’Neill
Jun. 18, 2014
The Big Question, College or Not?
The big question for students and parents today would be, are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission? The excerpt, “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission,” by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus is to evaluate whether or not the cost of tuition is worth the benefit anymore. Both of the Authors elaborate in this excerpt by providing problems with the higher education costs and solutions that will allow for money to be saved by students. By focusing on these points of opinion Hacker and Dreifus provide detailed examples of how to fix Americas’ higher education problems.
One of the most important viewpoints of Hacker and Dreifus’ excerpt is the manifold problems students are facing when it comes to tuition. Whether you are born into wealth or lower class, “for most Americans, educating their offspring will be the largest financial outlay, after their home mortgage, they’ll ever make.” (Wallace, Pg. 196) They point out that the tuition prices for both private and public colleges have nearly doubled compared to a generation ago, and these rising tuition prices are a red flag for many American parents who have children attending college. Additionally, Hacker believes one of the main problems with any professor is that they are not engaging enough with each student on a personal level. Many students, especially in a large class, may be not as open as all the other students are. Ultimately causing them to be shy and sit in the back of the class. In their opinion, teachers must make a better effort to reach their students on a closer level. As secretary of Education William Bennett says, “ they must become conscientious, caring, and attentive to every corner of their classroom” (Bennett, Pg. 180). Typically in a classroom setting there are students that are quieter than others, ultimately causing the students to not engage in conversation in the discussion. Bennett...
Cited: Zinczenko David. “Don’t Blame the Eater.” They Say, I Say. 2nd Edition. Eds. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. New York: Norton, 2012. Print.
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