Since 1971 education cost has increased from $4,300 to more than $9,000 per student. As seen in Bianca's case, her mother cannot afford to pay for her tuition and Daisy's father is unemployed. These kids are forced into "bad education." Some students do not have any aspirations. They live in a neighborhood full of crime therefore their main focus is survival instead of learning.
But during this economic recession, college students have been having a difficult time staying in the college path, especially working class students. The lack of moral support from their families prevents these unfortunate students to finish their college education. The increase of college tuition and limited financial aid are causing students to go into debt, making them hesitant whether they should keep studying or not. Also it’s preventing students from picking needed major but because the low paycheck they are not sure if they will be able to be sustained. But college drop outs also can able be due to the unequal college preparation given in high schools.
In fact, according to a study at the University of Missouri, they found that many students forgot over two and one-half months of whatever their grade-level equivalency is in mathematics. (Wilkenfield) Plus after the summer vacation, many teachers end up spending from four to six weeks of the next school year trying to review what had happened in the previous years, says David Payne, a former principal. Summer vacation is one of the only major times that parents are able to travel or take vacations, however, year-round schooling which allows small breaks throughout the seasons. Also, travel rates during the summer are usually higher than other times of the year. When students return to school after a summer break, there is often a long time period of adjustment.
In the article “What’s Wrong With Vocational School” written by Charles Murray, he gives his opinion about the unnecessary of four year college’s program compares to vocational training. I find this article have some very interesting ideas which I both agree and disagree I agree with his statement in the fourth paragraph about how many students attend college because their parents are paying for it and it is what they supposed to do after their finish high school. Many students do not have any real goals or any ideas of what they are going to do for their life, but going to a four year college is an obligation because their parents have spent so much money for them through high school, and now college. Automatically, their job is to do well in school and finish with a four year degree so that they can be prepared for their future without the supporting from their parents. This is a common sense that many of us all know as an adult; yet not all young people understand this fact.
There are some teens however, who are still considering going to this 4 year university with tuition cost and dorm living fees, which is wonderful for those who can afford it with scholarships then go for it but if you see that your parents to make less money than the cost of one semester, it is time to get a grip. Things in this economy are hard right now, “ The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite erased their gains for the year, while the Dow is barely hanging on, up only 0.3%
The chances of this debt being paid off easily by the newly graduated have been found to be slim to none as students get a job and find they are unable to pay all but the minimum payments on credit cards and student loans on the median meager salaries available to them. The biggest employer’s in our country today are those in the service industry, customer service representatives of many kinds now make up the majority of young workers. The Federal Minimum Wage has risen to $5.85 as of July, 2007. The ability to support yourself even with a full time job at 40 hours a week at that wage is difficult to say the
There are college stopouts due to race gender and not enough money to pay for college. Troubles with the economy have caused college stopouts to occur as well. Higher education, or college is getting more expensive by the years, and is becoming more and more of a pain to pay for. According to the article, “students from low-income backgrounds in particular may find they need to take time off from school to save money or to help their families pay their bills” (Terriquez, Gurantz, Gomez, 2013). With this being said with these students having to focus on their financial issues, it is going to be a struggle for them to afford both their bills and college cost.
By one estimate, the cost of four-year public college tuition has tripled since the 1980s, outpacing both inflation and family income. (NY Times) This alone makes it impossible for the average student to attend a 4 year institution to attain a degree to better their life. Think of the number of families that are living at or below the poverty level, now sending their child to college becomes an additional burden that they cannot bear. The increase in the tuition burden is largely caused by declining state support for higher education in the past three decades. In both good times and bad, state governments have pushed more of the costs onto students, forcing many to take out big loans or be priced out of once affordable public colleges at a time when a college education is critical in the new economy.
Not only is it just money figures it’s the idea that these middle class students are going to college for several years on a promise that if they get that degree they will be able to live comfortably, and due to the current state of economy this is just not true. Larger companies are either misusing or not getting the benefits of the government and therefore there have been job cuts in professional positions that would have served as a landing point for these college degree students ("Occupy Wall Street"). Now that there is no jobs these students are left with tens of thousands of dollars in debt with no way to earn money because they are over qualified for lower positions but do not have the experience to land one of the limited jobs left in the professional white collar business world. Now this is a major topic of dispute because a lot of the country believes that they just need to work hard and stop complaining because that’s what they did and they now live happily, but the truth is they cannot do that. This is why these thousands of individuals are marching on Wall Street to voice their ideas on them and tell them that they their greed and no care for the rest of the nation is what is killing us this very day, and until some sort agreement I made it looks like the protests will not end("Occupy Wall Street").
This type of encouragement has become a tradition that started over forty years ago. In 1972, Robert Worthington explained in his paper The Need for Career Education how the school system back then left students with little preparation for college and no preparation for work, making it very difficult for them to find an occupation (4). Certainly the school system of today is very improved over the one in 1972 but, the different technical and vocational programs of today are not available in all schools neither to all students. This leaves the majority of students with no opportunity to get trained for a career early in school. So students set out on the college careers paths in hopes to reach their goals.