University of Phoenix
September 14, 2011
Sr. Gabriel Medina Medina
Many subjects come to mind when something is “controversial.” I have read countless articles and heard endless arguments on the necessity of a college or higher education degree. I came upon one that I want to debate to prove a point. The article is found at www.thecollegehelper.com. The editorial in question is titled “ Why a College Degree is Necessary.” I want to establish before I commence that my competitor’s credibility on the subject can be debated because of the lack of references listed. The points presented are, in a relative sense, true, but highly generalized.
The first argument proposed is that a college degree usually equates to more money (The College Helper, 2010). Even though a person can be in possession of his or her college degree, it does not guarantee any kind of monetary advantage in a company. General belief is that not possessing a degree means one earns less money. This depends on the position applied for and certain requirements. From personal experience, position requirements can be waived, changed, and even ignored. The factors to take into consideration when requirements are waived are many but can include experience, charisma, social standing, political standing, and many others.
According to "USA Today" (2010), "Too many students are going to college not because they want to, but because they think they have to” (para. 10). This creates a creative and professional void because many students study fields that they are not completely interested in, or can relate to, just to have the chance to make more money in the future. There is no assurance this will even happen. The article also states that the more education one obtains, the better the chances at earning more money. Studies at Georgetown University say, “About 25% of those with bachelor's degrees earn less than those with two-year degrees” (USA... [continues]
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