College degrees do not guarantee a job, but they shouldn’t push students to the brink of poverty, either.
While there can be no debating the value of education in all of its forms, the current American system of education certainly needs to be discussed. Not only are graduates strapped with debt, but they also struggle to find jobs in their fields and sometimes even jobs at all. This has a tremendous negative impact on them as individuals and on us as a society. I admit to still owing some $40,000 in student loans, and although I’m grateful for the opportunity my country gave me to pursue an education, I’m concerned about the many others I know who are far more in debt and who still have not found a way to make the minimum payments on their consolidated loans. The American system of higher education allowed me to discover myself and find my path in life – and there can be no price tag placed on the importance of this – but this same system is wasting the skills of many of our country’s brightest minds and forcing them (and therefore our country) into even more debt. It’s an air conditioner on full blast in a room where the windows are open. OnlineCollege.net highlights some of these problems in their infographic:
See Also: The Soaring Cost of College Education