Some students are learning information in college

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Some students are learning information in college that is irrelevant to them is a reason why some students should not go to college that Vedder and Biberman support. Richard Vedder asks sarcastically, “Do you really need a chemistry degree to make a good martini?” (Weber). Vedder asks this question because it is unnecessary to go to college in order to do vocational or low-paying jobs. These jobs do not require college degrees, but people still go. “Sophomores aren’t doctoral candidates eager to master esoteric disciplines—yet what occurs in most college classrooms now centers on the interests of professors rather than stimulating the minds of undergraduates,” (Hacker). As some professors may stray away from what the students need to know and teach about whatever they want, it gets their students to think more critically. But this can be irrelevant to what a student needs to learn for the future. Lastly, everyone should have the opportunity to go to college if they choose. Andrew Hacker states, “Everyone has the capacity to succeed and benefit from what is has to offer,” (Hacker). College is an option, not a necessity, but what you learn from the education you receive will help you determine and achieve the goals you set out for yourself. All people have the need to learn, and college ignites that need through “hard work and complex thinking,” (Hacker). Even Vedder, who disagrees with Hacker on most of the topics, agrees with Hacker that, “Every American should have the opportunity to attend [college], but only if he or she demonstrates some reasonable likelihood to succeed,” (Weber). Once again, college should be for those who have a willingness to learn, but it would be unfair to not allow failing or not-as- smart students to not attend at least a community college. Wadhwa mentions, “Not letting poor and disadvantaged students attend college, would exclude them from the American dream. If
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education after high school was only offered to the smarter, more prepared students, then students with less knowledge and preparation would be left out.
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