Social Studies 10

Is College Worth It?

<<<<<Article 1: The Education Bonus and the Gender Gap>>>>>

Although a person’s level of education has been shown to have the most significant impact on his or her income, gender also continues to be an influential factor in the amount a person earns. Black, and white men with professional degrees earned approximately 24% and 49% (in that order) more than the women of their respective ethnicities, and black and white men with bachelor’s degrees earned 13% and 40% (in that order) more than the women of their respective ethnicities. At the end, the article mentions that white men with professional degrees earn twice as much as Hispanic women with professional degrees.

Compelling Facts:

  • “Hispanic women appeared at the biggest disadvantage. Among those full-time, year-round workers with professional degrees, white men make 104 percent more than Hispanic women over their working lifetimes.” – culture plays a big part too…
  • “The gender gap is narrower for blacks with professional degrees…” – I wonder why?


  • Grace — I never thought that a person’s ethnicity and gender could make such a huge difference in his or her salary; the difference between the salaries of white men and Hispanic women is shocking. Even though changes have been made to prevent such racism, this study shows that it still exists in substantial quantities.
  •  Yurika — I found this article interesting because I was not aware about the inequality of the amount of income one gets according to their gender and ethnicity. I think that every person should be treated equally and instead of focusing on the person’s background/gender, the level of education and knowledge should be the main factor to decide on the amount of income one gets.
  • Kari — It is true that education plays a large role in a person’s success in life. However, it doesn’t feel right that people of different races who are equally as smart as white men and white women don’t earn as much as them. Maybe intelligent students of Hispanic or African-American background don’t have the same opportunities as white men and women but they should be given those chances.
  • Christina — We live in the twenty-first century. We have the tallest buildings. We have computers that weigh a little over one kilogram. We have flexible lenses that we put into our eyeballs that substitute for glasses. Mankind have achieved so much and yet we have failed to accomplish the most basic and important component as human beings. We have failed to abolish racism. I really hope that in the near future, that the color of skin and gender would not act as an obstacle to success.

<<<<<<<<Article 2: College Doesn’t Create Success>>>>>>>>
People who are talented, motivated, and creative are believed to succeed throughout their lives and are more likely to graduate from college compared to others. Although the college investment is a success for some people, it is a loss for the other millions of people. It is thought that many people are spending too much money on college for not much improvement in the subjects they take and to have a huge debt. As the years go on, spending a big amount of money on education become an disadvantage to many people’s future.

Compelling Facts:

  • “But millions of other people are paying more than quadruple what their parents paid 25 years ago (plus inflation) for a vague credential, not much knowledge or skills, and a crippling amount of debt.”
  • “Before long, spending four years in a lecture hall with a hangover will be revealed as an antiquated debt-fueled luxury good.”


  • Grace –– This article really makes the reader think about whether or not college merits the colossal cost. When I was in elementary school, I never doubted that my friends and I would attend college, but as I grew up I realized how expensive it was and how not attending college wasn’t such a shocking thing. In fact, people who don’t attend college sometimes make more money than those who attended top colleges.
  •  Yurika — I believe that the college fees now a days are beyond the price one should pay to be educated. People should not have to become in debt because they want to learn and educate themselves. I agree with this article that people spend too much money on education.
  •  Kari — I concur that colleges nowadays cost a lot of money – far more than an average student can afford and one thought that is always in a high school student’s mind is if the money will be worth it. However, spending money on college is a challenge on its own because it is far better to plan exactly what you want to study instead of paying for the education just to be in college. College is expensive but I think that if you plan things right, it’ll be worth it.
  • Christina — Why do colleges cost so much? Everyone wants to go. Because people want to succeed in their educational life they would do anything to go to a rather famous college. Colleges know that everyone wants them. So they make themselves expensive. Parents of students put themselves in debt to ensure that their kids will live a better life than them. But once people graduate from colleges, they sometimes do not get jobs that are perfect for them (see article below). So they are put further into debt. And unfortunate people work odd jobs (like McDonalds’ – Oh! The horror!) to pay off their debt (sometimes) until they die. Our society works in an inconvenient cycle. Maybe, this is my opinion, colleges should just make themselves less expensive.

<<<<<<<Article 3: The Case Against College Education>>>>>>>

Students who have obtained college degrees are typically known to be more successful than students who haven’t. In today’s economy, even if one graduates from high school, it’s far more difficult to get a good job than it used to be. However, college degrees just don’t add up to much anymore. Requiring a degree to get a good job and a successful is getting ridiculous and costs a lot; time, hard work and money. Society is forcing students to attend college for the degree but in the end, it doesn’t benefit every student.

Compelling Facts:

  • President Obama himself agreed that in today’s economy, “a high school diploma no longer guarantees a good job.”
  • “Does that mean that we should help more kids go to college — or that we should make it easier for people who didn’t go to college to make a living?”
  • “Online learning is more flexible and affordable than the brick-and-mortar model of higher education.”
  • “The tight connection between college degrees and economic success may be a nearly unquestioned part of our social order. Future generations may look back and shudder at the cruelty of it.”


  • Grace — I think that this article had an interesting take on the college situation. I’ve never thought about whether the problem was inducing more students to attend college or if it really was a matter of improving the job situation for those who didn’t attend college.
  • Yurika — This article made me question if college is actually necessary for students. It is quite disappointing to find that some people may not have a successful future even after all the time, effort, and money put into their education. Also, I have started to become worried that I, myself, will have a difficult time finding a job after I attend a college.
  • Kari — There are a lot of good points in this article. I have noticed that a lot of people can be successful without degrees and it is a bit ridiculous that college degrees are required to get a decent job that you want to do. Another great point they bring up is that going to college to obtain a degree does take a lot of money and when a student can’t (or won’t) finish college, all they’ll end up with is debt. Also, it’s interesting to think that somewhere in the near future, requiring a degree won’t be a norm.
  • Christina — This article made me think about the world we live in right now. Millions of students compete indirectly with each other to get into a college, so that a safe (money-wise) future is guaranteed. But this article states that many college students drop out and many others who do graduate have jobs that doesn’t need them. It sickens me that graduating a college is a necessity when statistics tell us that sometimes it does not benefit us at all.

I commented on Hiroki (Group 2), Marie (Group 3), and Ho-Hsuan(Group 4) blogs.

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