The College Calculation

In the February 24th, 2009 edition of the New York Times, David Leonhardt wrote a piece in which he questions the importance of a college education.

Leonhardt discusses higher education and the different levels of our current educational system.  He raises the question, “How much does a college education — the actual teaching and learning that happens on campus — really matter?”  Leonhardt talks about the fiscal differences between the levels of colleges, and who is at more of an advantage, those who attend and those who don’t.

He looks at the past, present and future of our current education structure, questioning the current policies that our schools hold.  “It’s almost as if we’ve been convinced that college isn’t after all, all that different from locking somebody in a closet for four years,” said Leonhardt.

Although I don’t agree with his last quote, I do agree with some of the things he said.  I also feel that there are many holes in our current system.

Through High School, I found that teachers weren’t all that interested in teaching and students weren’t that interested in learning.  The teachers job is not to babysit the student, and many times I felt as if I were a big kid at a daycare.

If teachers were paid more to teach and students had to pay for the classes they took, much of the problem would be alleviated.

I’ve noticed in the two semesters that I have been enrolled at Sacramento City College, that the students there are interested in what the teachers have to say and the teachers are able to focus on teaching because they aren’t obligated to watch-over their students.

I also agree with Leonhardt that this budget crisis could not have come at a worse time.  We are in a country filled with possible students and many of those students can’t afford the education they would like.  The main reason I chose to go to Sac City was the fiscal burden that I would have had.  I want to go to school to acquire knowledge, not debt.

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