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08/17/2023

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Trent

1. Adleta implies that the American dream is possession of "dignity, security, as well as opportunity" when those are the things that going to college, the recommended course for achieving those things, failed him. Instead, he gained on-job experience and leveraged that, to chase the American Dream.

2.Adleta believes that college becoming free would equate it to public schooling; a required baseline for employability, which he thinks would cause employers to become even more educationally selective, and less people would be able to afford the new required level of education. I see the merit in his argument, and agree that without a shift in the paradigm, employers would react poorly to free college. But, and he doesn't mention this in his argument, if employers did adopt the proposed pragmatism, I think free college would help shrink the class divide drastically.

3.Employers might argue that a college degree is more valuable than experience, even if one has many more years of work than education. And there's many possible rationales for this; for one, 5 years of electrical engineering for homes only exposes one to a small subset of the field and the trade. 2 years of trade school likely prepares an engineer much better for a broader range of work, and any specific knowledge can be acquired on the job.
Adleta might respond by saying that practically, all an employer needs is someone who can do the job. 5 years experience is 5 years of doing a good job at what the employer needs, for most positions.

Didn't have time for the rest of the questions! But they look interesting!

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I disagree that free college would not be beneficial to America’s society because most careers still require an education. Although many jobs these days require many years of work experience just to apply for an entry-level position, these jobs also require at least a Bachelor’s degree. Another issue is that not every job has internships or apprenticeships that students can learn from instead of a college education, as different fields have different requirements. Sure, one could argue that college is not for everyone because people have different career goals and learning styles, but higher education is not a linear path since there are multiple options, like vocational school. College may not be necessary, but work experience alone is not enough because knowledge is also needed. For example, common professions that are included in trade schools are engineers and nurses, which both require the experience and knowledge to excel. According to Adleta, he was able to secure a career through work experience, not college, “I had been told by my schoolteachers that a college degree was the way to achieve the American Dream. But I learned that this was a misguided maxim at best. I had achieved dignity, security, as well as opportunity by leaving college.” Although I agree that the requirements for many entry-level positions are ridiculously impossible for young adults, the issue is that the job industry is unwilling to change. Free tuition should be the answer because student loan debts are ubiquitous in the U.S., resulting in a harder way of living. I understand where Adleta’s argument is coming from, but not every person has the luck of being able to find a secure job without a degree or at least some kind of education or training. Besides job training, higher education can prepare an individual for the real world where colleges have courses teaching about life skills, which high schools unfortunately, do not have nor require these life skills courses. In conclusion, higher education is beneficial for jobs and is more than just college, as there are vocational schools, too, which is why higher education should be free of tuition.

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