Graff, Cathy & Russel, gratify that the idea of a college education in our society is perceived as a brilliant option for many apprentices. In explain this; the authors argued that the society considers that colleges’ education will help students earn a degree necessary in making them land into stable job (Graff, Cathy & Russels pg. 54). For that reason, the authors have help us to apprehend how, many people have been made to believe that if one fail to go to college and earn a degree, their destined for miserable life, that will make them earn minimum remuneration. however, Graff, Cathy & Russels gratify it is time for the society to accept that college is not always the best route as a four-year degree is not always tantamount with “best choice”. In supporting this, the authors argue that the four-year in college do not necessarily lead to a feasible career path after graduation. The “underemployment rate” for fresh college graduates is 44% and this mean that almost half of the recent graduates in the US are employed in positions that do not necessitate a college degree (Graff, Cathy & Russels pg. 97).
Subsequently, Graff, Cathy & Russel have argued that college may not be the best options as it promote rotten learning through memorization. In supporting this, the authors have argued that “memorization is not equal to learning as cramming for an exam and only to disremember the memorized information after exam is not what is consider to be learning” (Graff, Cathy & Russels pg. 135). From this, the authors are making us to comprehend that just because one filled in the correct answers to the multiple choice test does not mean one have become a more educated individual. Therefore, Graff, Cathy & Russel are encouraging students to seek out for alternative types of education that will help them realize what you want out of their life by taking a personal inventory that make them unique in the job market.
Moreover, Graff, Cathy & Russel have argued that going to college puts apprentices in great liability. The average graduate in America owes $30,000 thus by weighing the cost versus the paybacks of a college education show that going to college is economically hurting students (Graff, Cathy & Russels pg. 309). In solving this, the authors argue that vocational school may be the best path for apprentice to take after they have graduated from high school as students can go to a two-year mechanical school for about $20,000, obtain an associate degree in welding technology and steadfastly earn a wage of up to $59,000. From this, the authors find the notion of a four-year university, where apprentices graduate with an average of $30,000 in loan debt, is the least rational path for economic mobility. As a result, Graff, Cathy & Russel confirm to us that a college’s degree is not a piece of paper that make one successful just as the absence of one does not make one a failure (Graff, Cathy & Russels pg. 243). In conclusion, the authors have help us recognize that this is not the past where high school graduates could go to college to get jobs that required a postgraduate gradation, with the postulation that these jobs would bring better paychecks. The college graduates have earned an average starting salary of $27,000 since 2009, compared to $42,000 for vocational school graduate (Graff, Cathy & Russels pg. 104).
Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel K. Durst. “they Say/i Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with Readings. 701 pages, 2015. Print.