Universal College Education in Texas Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Universal College Education in Texas
An argument against providing a college education to every student in Texas.
# 144865 | 2,203 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 13, 2010 in Education (Higher) , Political Science (State and Local Politics)

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The paper begins by considering the arguments for and against government provision of equal access to higher education, and then focuses on the state of Texas as a case study for the implementation of this type of program. The paper provides background information about education in Texas, and discusses both economic and academic concerns. Based on these concerns, the paper concludes that the State of Texas should not provide free college education.

Background Information
Economic Arguments
Academic Arguments

From the Paper:

"In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson stated both that "all men are created equal," and that they are "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights." Among these rights is "the pursuit of happiness" (Jefferson). For many today, a satisfactory education is necessary for the pursuit of happiness. Indeed, education is becoming more and more necessary in modern America. Many occupations in modern America require a college degree. For some, the pursuit of happiness is summed up in a career path. High school graduates may need to complete college in order to pursue this path. Furthermore, it has been largely reported that college graduates generally dwell in a higher income bracket that those who did not attend college, or those who did not graduate, cannot attain. In fact, North writes that some authors believe that college often gives students abilities that translate into excellent work skills, including responsibility such as paying attention to assignments, showing up on time, organizing, and even learning to struggle, although North does not necessarily share this point of view. Thus, it is the opinion of many students, educators, and parents that college is necessary for success."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "California." Infoplease.com 2007. 29 November 2008. <http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108187.html>
  • Garrett, Robert T. "Texas Lawmakers look to rein in higher-ed cost." The Dallas Morning News. 23 November 2008. 29 November 2008. <http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/112308dntextuition.3c08899.html>
  • "Is College Really Necessary For All High School Graduates." The Simple Dollar. 5 August 2008. 29 November 2008. <http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/08/05/is-college-really-necessary-for-all-high-school-graduates/>
  • Jefferson, Thomas. "The Declaration of Independence." US History.org. 1776. 29 November 2008. <http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/document/index.htm>
  • North, Gary. "Why the Job Market Is Slanted in Favor of College Graduates." Lew Rockwell.com. 3 September 2004. 29 November 2008. <http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north303.html>

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