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Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It?

Update: 2023-09-2014


New research and polling show that more and more Americans now doubt a previously unquestioned fact of U.S. life — that going to college is worth it.

Paul Tough, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explains why so many high-school students and their parents are souring on higher education and what it will mean for the country’s future.

Guest: Paul Tough, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine who has written several books on inequality in education.

Background reading: 

  • Americans are losing faith in the value of college. Whose fault is that?
  • In December, Colby-Sawyer in New Hampshire reduced its tuition to $17,500 a year, from about $46,000. The cut was a recognition that few pay the list price.

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Comments (6)

Andy Wesley

I was listening to this podcast, and it really made me think. People are always talking about whether college is worth it. But, you know, the stuff we learn there is super important for our future. Being a student can be a bit of a rollercoaster. I've got to handle a ton of work, from classes to assignments and deadlines. Sometimes, it's a bit much. So, when things get tough, I use EduBirdie's assignment help service you can find them here: to make school life easier and get better grades. It's like having a secret weapon to balance everything and understand the hard stuff. Whether college is worth it depends on what you want and your situation. But, services like EduBirdie can make school a bit more doable, making sure you get the most out of your education.

Oct 17th

Andy Wesley

Thank you for sharing!

Oct 17th

Kristin Gile

I wish the role of community colleges had been addressed and how it affects the situation.

Sep 22nd

Kathryn Ragsdale

Because the WW2 generation paid it forward and the boomers actively screwed over their kids by refusing to pay taxes so that they can by their toys. May God punish them forever.

Sep 22nd
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Corey Shaker

The automotive techs that work at some our dealerships are in their low to mid 30s making between $140,000 to $180,000 yearly. Try to hire someone in the trades.

Sep 21st








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Is College Worth It?

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