Review Of David Leonhardt's Even For Cashiers, College Pays Off

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Kartic 1 Jehrame Kartic John Reimringer EngC1101-94 Feb 15, 2013 The Right Decision "Even for Cashiers, College Pays Off", published in 2011 in the New York Times, David Leonhardt, Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, argues against the case that college is not for the masses. Aside from his passionate belief that the need for college is crucial, he explains the misleading claims about the prices of tuition and follows with showing that the benefits of a degree are substantial even when a degree is not essential within that field because, aside from all else, colleges teach general skills. As he examines the anti-college argument bit by bit, Leonhardt rapidly lays out all the facts and supports them with astonishing statistics. "Three decades ago, full-time workers with a bachelor's degree made 40 percent more than those with only a high school diploma. Last year, the gap reached 83…show more content…
"It's clear who made the right decision. The educated American masses helped create the American century"(646). Referring to the century old decision the United States made to make high school almost universal, opposing Europe claiming that it was a waste. Leonhardt emphasizes the level of achievement those can reach with a college degree. And above all else, money for instance, it seems to make them healthier and happier. The first of the anti-college arguments to be explored is the ever so misleading financial burden, the money. Leonhardt give two main reasons why the increasing student debt and startling tuition costs aren’t normally a problem for graduating students. First off, once you look into college tuition rates and any financial aid is taken into account, average fees and tuition were only about $2,000 at public four-year colleges(647). His next big point

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