Summary of 'Two Years Are Better Than Four' by Liz Addison

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English1010 Community Colleges VS. Universities In her article “two years are better than four,” Liz Addison speaks about community colleges and their importance. Many people are scared to start college and move away to have the experience, which is why Addison explains community colleges are a great stepping stone. It’s a great way for students to begin quickly in their education and understand that they can do what they want as long as they put their minds to it. Addison says that “the community college system is America’s hidden public service gem,”(Addison) meaning many people don’t think to attend them. People search for the right college but skip right over the opportunity to attend a community college. Community colleges do not receive the acknowledgment they deserve. Addison speaks of a man named Rick Perlstien who believes that college doesn’t matter anymore. Mr. Perlstien attended the University of Privilege College and had such a good experience that he moved back to the University to experience it again. Mr. Perlstien saw the students at the college and realized that it wasn’t a time of leisure anymore, therefore it didn’t matter. He felt as though the students didn’t care about college or did think it mattered anymore. One thing Addison was disappointed about was that Mr. Perlstien never considered a community college and what they are like. In community colleges, Addison believes that self-discovery still matters to those who attend them. Throughout Addison’s essay she points out many reasons as to why Community Colleges are such a decent option. They are easy to get into, and you are able to start immediately with your education. They are also a good opportunity for families in any sort of financial condition. Addison claims “they offer a network of affordable future, of accessible hope, and an option to dream” (Addison). The learning method is a growing process


Cited: Addison, Liz. "Two Years Are Better Than Four." (2007): 211-214.

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