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Is College Worth It?

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Started: 4/3/2014 Category: Education
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Tiki.B

Con

This argument is based on the assumption that students attend college to make more money in the future, rather than to actually receive a higher education and a degree.
My argument is that college (undergraduate) is not worth it anymore, because not only are students graduating with debt, it is also expected that most people receive a higher degree (masters, PhD) in their field before they can actually enter the field. The idea that we accumulate debt in college, begin a career, and attempt to pay off college loans while accumulating more debt through mortgages, car payments, and credit cards also undermines the idea of going to college to make more money in the future.
(THIS IS A MATTER OF OPINION- I am a college student so I understand the importance of education, and do not agree with either side entirely)
ScrinTech

Pro

My Thanks to Con for producing this debate, although I'm not a Student currently attending knowledge I believe that I'm able to answer this to the best of Cons liking.

Enough of the Formalities Time to Begin Debating

I will state a few quotes and one example for each reason I provide.

"A dream doesn't become a reality through magic; it takes sweat hard work and determination"~Colin Powell[1]

R1: The Community


EX1: The People

I believe that the single significant reason for staying in College is the Community and the friends you obtain in College.[2] That being said the Community of College is huge and so is the vast majority of people you meet there, You never know what's going to happen until it does. There are all kinds of people out there go out and have fun!

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."~C.S Lewis[3]

R1 Sources(Quotes):

[1]: http://www.brainyquote.com...

[2]: http://www.brainyquote.com...

R2: The Boring Part That Counts


The Salary


"The Lack of Money is the root of all evil"~Mark Twain[1]
According to the NCES or National center for Education Statistics a Masters Degree's Annual Pay is atleast Doubled or trippled of a High School Grad. If you don't believe me check out this chart.
The data in this figure is described in the surrounding text. [2]

And So Con I pass the Olympic Torch of Debating onto you Good Luck!

Sources:
[1]: http://www.brainyquote.com...

[2]: http://nces.ed.gov...

Debate Round No. 1
Tiki.B

Con

1. The People
Community has taken on a new meaning in the Social Media Era. People connect with thousands of people online that they know, have never met before, and hope to meet in the future. With Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (and the like) I cannot only stay in contact and update family and friends, I can also know what my fave celeb ate for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. My argument is that although making friends in college use to be a "big deal," now in the New Age people interact and communicate differently, thus lowering the value of a College Community. Is anyone willing to pay $40,000 to meet a few friends? I am not with the prevalence of social media.

2. The Salary
"Of the 37 million borrowers who have outstanding student loan balances, 14%, or about 5.4 million borrowers, have at least one past due student loan account." http://www.asa.org...
These are the people making these "larger" salaries, but are struggling to pay their student loan debt.

"In 2010R09;11, about 57% of public fourR09;year college students graduated with debt. They had borrowed an average of $23,800 (in 2011 dollars). About twoR09;thirds of those earning bachelor"s degrees from private nonprofit institutions had debt averaging $29,900."http://www.asa.org...
Even if they make an average salary of $44,970 (from your chart) 57% of them owe more than half of that in student loans, also considering the people that make below average salary for a bachelor's degree.

Is the salary worth the debt? No. I argue that college is no longer worth it, because it is a cycle into debt that most students cannot repay. I argue at the current cost of a college degree college is not worth it.
ScrinTech

Pro

ScrinTech forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Tiki.B

Con

Draw my arguments and rebuttals through.
ScrinTech

Pro

ScrinTech forfeited this round.
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