Essay 1 Final Draft
September 22, 2014
Too Many People Are Going to College
“Too many people are going to college” by Charles Murray is a very informational article that contains a fresh look at today’s employers and what they look for in their employees. Murray defines the differences and similarities of a traditional university from current times and from past times. Overall, Murray is saying that everyone should not go to college. I agree with Murray’s statement that too many people are being pushed into college when they are not really needed to. Murray defines who will benefit and why they will benefit from going to a traditional university and obtaining a BA. Murray continues to explain that employers use a BA as a no cost screening device for academic ability and skills. Therefore, he says that the more people that go to college, the more sense it makes for employers to require a BA. Murray also explains why obtaining a degree higher than a BA from a university, will only help people that are going to a university to become a professional in a career field that takes knowledge, skills, and take years to acquire. I agree with Murray’s statement that having a BA is more commonly required than ten years ago. I personally have a very hard time finding a job that will even consider me because I am only a high school graduate. Although I have been employee of the month twice within the time span of two years and have earned a promotion, employers are still not impressed with my work ability because I don’t have a college degree. Further into Murray’s argument he says that for a recent high school graduate obtaining a BA is “the wrong economical decision” (66). Murray uses the example of a young man who has just graduated from high school and is trying to decide whether to become an electrician or to go to college and major in business, hoping to become a white-collar manager. With the young man’s skills and abilities, his is...
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