February 5, 2013
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Since the first GI Bill was passed after World War II, the number of universities in the United States has been steadily increasing. Currently there are more than 4000 college-like institutions in the United States. Public policy has made higher education more reachable than it was in the past. For example, by creating federal student loan programs have been created so everyone has an equal opportunity to attend college, if they so choose. But recently we have seen the cost of a four-year degree drastically increase because Americans now see college as an obligation. The debate on college attendance has many sides to it. On one side, some say that there are too many college students who aren’t fit to be there which leaves no room for the people who fully deserve a spot in a university. Trade or vocational schools might be better for the unfit students. On the other hand, some say that there are not enough students enrolled in higher education, and everyone should attend college in order to further move our society forward. One person who favors the side with the belief that everyone should attend college is Robert T. Perry. Robert T. Perry is an author and teacher. Mainly, he teaches from the writings of A Course in Miracles, which is a self-study curriculum that aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. Perry has been a prolific author of books and articles about A Course in Miracles. In 1982, he graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in psychology. He is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, which aids to his credibility as an author because of his involvement in education. Because his job is to head the system of higher education is South Dakota, one can assume Perry knows what he is talking about and has credible opinion on this topic. The primary essay titled On “Real Education” by Robert T. Perry is a direct response to author Charles Murray’s new book Real Education. Instead of using an expected approach in arguing his opinion, Perry analyzes another writer’s opinion, corrects it, and then proves why his ideas are more effective, reasonable, and logical. Throughout his essay, Perry effectively argues that, “We need more, not fewer university and community college graduates.”  Perry clearly believes that if more people acquire a degree, then “we” will be better off in the long run. The term “we” is representative of the United States citizens, and the greater good of the United States as a country from the global standpoint. Not only does Robert T. Perry display the job-related consequences that surface for those who don’t attend some sort of college, but he also begs the audience to attend college because, as stated in his final sentence, “…our future depends on it.” [P 673] Perry’s main argument is that we need more graduates from universities and colleges in order to have a readily available amount of workers and job positions that require degrees. Perry considers not only the impact of higher education on the country within its borders, but also the impact that a college degree has on the country’s international economy of which the United States is constantly trying to enhance.
As previously stated, Perry is attempting to illustrate his belief that higher education is necessary in today’s United States society. To bring up a flaw in his argument, Robert T. Perry could be heavily persuaded to be a proponent for higher education because he is a teacher, and this creates bias toward the topic. On the other hand, Perry uses evidence in an attempt to convince his audience (his audience being the youth in the hands of whom the United States future lies) that higher education is essential. Extending off of that point, he encourages the enrollment in any type of college so that one can find a job after attaining a college degree with more ease than one who does achieve a degree in higher...
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