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Community Colleges Are No Different Than A Failing Business.

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“College education is only a mere rite of passage these days and a capstone to adolescent party time” (Henry). This is one of the things William A. Henry had to say about College Education, especially community colleges. William A. Henry was a critic, columnist and an author. In his career he received several prizes including the Pulitzer Prize as a drama critic for Time Magazine. He also wrote several books including his final and controversial book In Defense of Elitism which he talks about the tension America always had between elitism and egalitarianism. In those terms he sheds some light on education. Stanley Fish who published an article Colleges Caught In a Vise stating that colleges are offering an inferior product, in other words- an education that isn’t worth anything. Stanley Fish is a literary theorist, scholar, author, and was a professor in several Universities but now a Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and a dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. What these two authors had to say about college raises a question whether community colleges should exist anymore. William A. Henry even states that community colleges should be closed and the number of high school graduates that go on to college should be reduced by about fifty percent. I agree with William A. Henry that the number of community colleges should be reduced down in our education system because first: a community college certificate has no value and oversupply of college graduates is affecting the economy. Second, community college tuition and expenses are climbing and in result continuing to offer cheaper education. I will analyze what community colleges are currently doing wrong, why they should be closed, and respond to William A. Henry’s proposal towards community colleges.
William argues that “our colleges blithely go on educating many more prospective managers and professionals than we are likely to need” (Henry). Since the availability of scholarships and financial aid and lower standards of community colleges, anyone can get a college degree or certificate in a specific field. If one could look at college through a business model then understand that if Administrative Assistants were supplied in big numbers into the market that would not drive the demand for them. What would actually happen is as more items are being supplied into the market, the value of a single item is lost, therefore the price goes down. This is what community colleges are exactly doing, they are sending out all these graduates into fields that are not demanding more people and eventually oversupplying, therefore, it becomes harder for people to find a job. “Inevitably many students of limited talent spend huge amounts of time and money pursuing some brass-ring occupation, only to see their dreams denied” (William). William mentions the word “limited” yet colleges are allowing limited students to graduate and continue fooling themselves. Another...

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