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Fewer Americans Think College Is Important Under Obama

July 18, 2012 by  

Fewer Americans Think College Is Important Under Obama
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A college degree is falling out of favor with Americans.

President Barack Obama has harped on the benefits of higher education during his Presidency; but according to a new survey, fewer and fewer people see the advantage of a college education.

The new report reveals that 57 percent of people think college is a good financial investment. That number was 81 percent at the beginning of Obama’s term.

About one in four people said that attending college is not worth the money.

While those with a college degree are more likely to find a job out of college, June’s report showed that 4.1 percent of graduates are unemployed. Also worthy of consideration: The price of college continues to increase. Those two factors are likely behind the new trend.

During a recent speech at the University of North Carolina, Obama said: “College education is one of the best investments America can make for our future.” But the new survey reveals that many Americans don’t agree. Confidence in a college education is plummeting.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Chester

    I will agree with the president to the extent that education beyond high school is essential in this day and time. However, there are a LOT of jobs out there that do not require a college degree. Most of those now want some sort of advanced education, as you don’t even know enough to start working on a car straight out of high school unless you were in some sort technical class for a couple of years before graduation. Seriously, you can’t even get a job as a ditch digger without some advanced study, mostly because ditch diggers now don’t use pick and shovel unless they are doing detail work. Instead they use heavy equipment that it takes some training to learn how to operate properly..

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Chester,”

      THIS BELIEF THAT A COLLEGE EDUCATION IS, “essential in this day and time.”, IS ONLY PRODUCING UNEMPLOYED-COLLEGE GRADUATES. FURTHERMORE, THIS BELIEF CAUSES PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO TAKE AN, “iny miny miney moe,” APPROACH TO SELECTING COLLEGE MAJORS. “DROP-OUT” RATES AFTER THE FRESHMAN OR SOPHOMORE YEAR PROVE THIS APPROACH DOES NOT WORK.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • sabulaman

    As with the governments attempt to make everyone a home owner through free and easy money, they have also tried to make everyone a college graduate through the same method. Like the banks, and lending institutions, the learning institutions have learned to cash in on the easy money thus the price of college is sky high. Once again, you can thank our government for a good portion of this problem. Maybe it’s time for enrollments to be down for a while, and let them compete for students once again.

    • Chuck

      Good point. And like houses got excessively expensive, so has higher ed. The cost has increased more than the price of oil, but nobody complains about price gouging.

      People should determine how much money their degree will make them. I heard somebody who was majoring in astronomy. He was talking to some astronomers and found out that there were 6 astronomers for every job, so he changed his major.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Chuck,”

        A COMMON PROBLEM PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE IS AN UNREALISTIC VIEW OF HOW MUCH MONEY IT TAKES TO BE HAPPY IN LIFE. HAVING – LET US SAY – A $40,000-$60,000 SALARY DOES PROVIDE A COMFORTABLE AND SECURE LIFE, AS LONG AS, YOU DO NOT ACQUIRE A HOME OR CAR, ETC., YOU CAN NOT AFFORD.

        HAPPINESS IS IN Y-O-U; NOT, IN THE AMOUNT OF YOUR PAYCHECK.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “sabulaman,”

      I LIKE YOUR COMMENTS, BUT, THIS COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS WILL BE BETWEEN PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND STATE INSTITUTIONS. THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD THE PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS WILL CAUSE THE STATE INSTITUTIONS TO GET “THE SHORT END OF THE STICK.”

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • Steve E

    Many young people go to college and take a major that is equal to majoring Underwater Basket Weaving. Your best bet to succeed after college is to take math, science and engineering as a major. If that seems too hard for you, then go to a trade school. Much success can be obtained from trade schools also.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Steve E,”

      AS A PERSON WITH DEGREES IN MUSIC, I DISAGREE. THE PROBLEM IS MOST COLLEGE GRADUATES LACK NETWORKING SKILLS. IF YOU ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT YOUR TALENT, YOU WILL DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO “SEEK-OUT” THOSE WHO VALUE YOUR TALENT.

      THIS IDEA – “my ‘piece of paper’ will ‘talk’ for me” – HAS DISAPPOINTED MANY COLLEGE GRADUATES WITH MATH/SCIENCE DEGREES.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • Liberterian

    College for college sake is not the answer. Community Colleges and trade schools that teach and train people in the trades and technologies in demand today, are more beneficial to people in search of a career and employment. You are right the spiraling cost of college is a great motivator as to why so many are not seeing college as their solution. It has been a great misconception that everyone needs to go to college.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Liberterian,”

      AS LONG AS, COLLEGE SPORTS ARE AIRED ON TELEVISION, TUITION WILL BE HIGH; ALTHOUGH I AM A FAN OF, National Football League, IT WOULD BE NICE IF AMERICANS STOPPED WATCHING THE Super Bowl FOR A FEW YEARS, SO THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WOULD KNOW AMERICANS DO NOT PLACE “THAT HIGH” OF A VALUE ON SPORTS.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • FreedomFighter

    “Community Colleges and trade schools that teach and train people in the trades and technologies in demand today, are more beneficial to people in search of a career and employment.”

    Electricians, plumbers and other tradesmen are in demand, but a little accounting and business eduction would not hurt anyone.

    A credit Card is just legal loansharking, because banks dont like competition.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Tom Cook

    Education still has value: it is the definition of education that has been bastardized–black studies is not education and will benefit no one. Women’s studies is the same–worthless. A classical education based on historical accuracy, scientific truth and devoid of the lying liberal idiocy of political correctness has value–the rest does not.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Tom Cook,”

      GREAT COMMENTS, BUT, THE RATIONALE FOR A NEED FOR INTERDISIPLINARY STUDIES IS A REASON WHY A “COLORED” MALE SITS IN THE Oval Office.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • cerebus23

    how about colleges clear out the left loonies that teach in many of those schools, and cut the salaries of everyone, school tuitions are out of control, teachers are out of control.

    talk about a health care “crisis’ because of rising costs, thanks trial lawyers. whats the schools excuses?

    • geo_jojo

      I can see why college cost so much when the football coach has a salary in the millions. Makes me wonder what they pay the rest of the staff.

  • Marcia Fridland

    AS a teacher with a Masters Degree, I believe in the intrinsic value of education; however, that does not mean every one should have a college education. Many other skills are needed just as desperately. When I need a plumber or a carpenter, I am interested in the level of his skills, not in his college degree. When colleges began lowering academic standards and expectations to accommodate the applicants who really were not prepared for college, the value of a college degree deteriorated. Some of the degrees offered since have definitely NOT been worth either the time or the money those students invested in them.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Marcia Fridland” – FANTASTIC COMMENTS!

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • http://wildeyguns.com The Christian American

    There was a time when a college degree could be beneficial but not now. The story is told of a doctor that needed a plumber. When the plumber was done his work, he handed his bil to the doctor. Whaen the doctor looked at it he said to the plumber: What’s this! I don’t make this much. The pumber responded: I didn’t either while I had my practice. Education today is better indoctrination, learning to be politically correct and accepting a herd mentality. Bill Gates couldn’t get a job at Microsoft with his education.

    Someone asked me what school did you go to? I responded: The same school Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison went to.

  • Ted Crawford

    It’s abundantly clear that in Obamas entitlement Utopia it will be far, far more important to be Poltically Connected than Educated ! In any case if Documents should become necessary, they can be easily created and the supporting information “Sealed ” !

  • c. t. Frank

    College delays the students’ entry into the job market for four years. This is beneficial to other job-seekers when jobs are scarce, but no benefit to the student.
    I have two college degrees, but my education is useless outside my own narrow field. When I was an office temp, I had more than fifty jobs over a few years, and there was not one of them I couldn’t have done with a 9th grade education plus a typing course. I’m having trouble finding a job now, but what I need isn’t another college degree, it’s a course in computer programs such as MsOffice and Adobe.

  • Jeremy Leochner

    Very sad. My dad went to university and he always told me how important a good education can be. He would often say “Its something no one can take away from you”. It can be costly but it can be very rewarding if you put in the work.

  • Neil Swan

    Education is important. The world progresses with more knowledge particularly in science and technology. Teaching more math and science in high scholl is important also.

    Neil

    • Neil Swan

      I misspelled school. I’m not typing well now.
      Sorry about that.

      Neil

  • StevenGarrick

    Learn a trade,until the market is flooded with workers,trade school is a better bet,it all depend’s on the trade,..When the demand for “space”at trade school’s goes up(pretty much,only then),then the cost will go up,..

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