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The Cost of Knowledge

I’ve had a lot of discussions about the education system here in America and lately it has left me with more questions than answers. The thing about our education system that I wonder about the most is why does it cost so much just to be able to obtain it? Whenever I hear about other countries and their free education I wonder why that can’t be the same here in America. Even if other countries did charge their citizens for education, it’s nowhere close to the amount that we have to pay.

Speaking from experience, when I was in college I was paying close to $6,000 per semester. And that’s just for one semester, which is about 3-4 months worth of education. Depending on the school you go to, it has the potential to cost way more than that. Now imagine having to pay that for 4+ years just to get a degree and how insane that is. This is why the majority of students here are crippled by student loan debt. Now, I can understand if it was worth it in the long run because you’ll be guaranteed to get a well paying job in the field you majored in but that’s not always the case.

They sell you that dream without telling you that the job market here in America isn’t as good as they make it seem it is. The chances of you getting a job in the field you majored in has the potential to come far and in between. And this leaves a lot of college graduates no choice but to take a low paying job or two just to be able to support themselves and pay back the loan that they owe. Does that makes sense that you pay all this money to go to school for 4+ years to get a degree in a field that you desire to work in just for there to be not enough opportunities for that job in the future? Since there’s no accurate way to gage what jobs will be available in the future here in America, it doesn’t make sense to me at all.

Don’t even get me started on the textbooks you have to get for these classes you take in college because this is a gripe of mines. There were some semesters that I had to pay close to $1,000 just to be able to do the work and study for those classes. Some of these books come with an online program code that some classes use to be able to do tests, quizzes, and homework. Since they’re codes that you’re practically paying for there’s no way to get them used so you have no choice but to by a new code for full price. What I hated about getting textbooks the most is sometimes professors barely uses the book that are so called “required” for their class. So it just ends up being a waste of money that could have been used elsewhere.

Here in America, they even have the nerve to charge children just to go to private elementary, middle, and high schools. So from when they’re young they are taught that in order to receive an education in America there’s a price to pay. They sell parents this dream that private schools will offer a better education than going to a public school for free but that’s no necessarily true. I think all comes down to the teachers and the child’s work ethics that can help them make the most of their education more so than the type of school itself. The only thing you’re really paying for is the word “private” more than anything because the education is the same.

I understand that education here in America is looked at as a business, but maybe that’s the problem. Maybe it should be looked at as more of a necessity more than a dollar sign. It just shows the greed America has that they’re willing to screw over their citizens just to make a profit. Instead of investing in building all these schools that do nothing but charge you for over priced education they should invest in job opportunities for when we do graduate we’ll be able to get the job that we desire right away. In other countries they focus more establishing their citizens with free educations and even free health care more than profiting off of them for things that should be free regardless. I wonder if America will ever adopt does habits…

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