Too Many People Indeed
In America higher education has become an expectation of high school teachers, advisors, and parents for students to obtain a successful life and prosper in their field of study, no matter the conditions, after graduating high school. In this article, “Are Too Many People Going to College,” written by Charles Murray, he feels that not everyone is meant to earn a college degree, even though society thinks otherwise.
Charles Murray believes that the elementary years are the prime years for learning the core knowledge, and that “starting early is partly a matter part of necessity” (Murray 224). The reason for this occurrence is, because most young children enjoy learning more than adult students. The classes in high school are assumed to prepare you for college, but they teach this curriculum “at a level below college course demands,” so Murray believes that it can either prepare the interested ones for this post secondary transition, or be more work for what it is worth, according to what their future has in store for them (Murray 224).
Students who realize they want to attend a post secondary school are offered two and four year degrees. Four-year degrees have become standard for people who have the will power and resources to achieve the diploma at the end, but not many people are willing to finish through. “…In 1995, only 58 percent had gotten their B.A. five academic years later. Another 14 percent were still enrolled,” so now their four-year plan has now ended up being five years, six years, and eventually a degree for some. Finding a job that absolutely requires a Bachelors Degree is rare these days. So obtaining this extra two-year degree may be a waste of time and money for most students. Not everyone wants to be a lawyer or doctor anyways, there are some people that want “to become a good hotel manager, software designer, accountant, hospital administrator…” and going to a college that offers a two year program or technical college would be the most proficient way about dealing with this (Murray 230).
When someone is not in the top percentile in their class they should not focus on earning a B.A. and becoming an “average Joe” in their field of study, e.g., business manager; but to focus on becoming an engineer, e.g., electrician, in a line of work that they would enjoy. The world will always need people who will love to work with their hands, and mentally require a technical college education. Murray is saying in “Are Too Many People Going to College” you can go learn what you need to, to become an electrician, or whatever specialty you enjoy, in two years, get out, and make money, and then watch the business guy still be studying for two more years.
Society is what tells us who is better than whom, and most of it depends on our education. Murray states in this article that many people do not need to attend college, but that everyone deserves and needs the opportunity to learn all that they can from whatever source it may be, just do not go sign up for a B.A. program if you do not think you will be interested in it, or complete it. “There must be a better way” (Murray 242).
Murray, Charles. “Are Too Many Going to College.” They Say, I Say with Readings. 2nd Edition. Eds. Graff, Birkenstein, Durst. New York: Norton, 2012. 222-242. Print.