The paper "Have Degrees Lost Their Values by Adrian Wooldridge" is an exceptional example of an educational article review. Many high school graduates may seem excited at the thought of taking a leave from school and landing on a job right after their high school education. In the U. S, most high school leavers who don’ t get a chance to join higher learning institutions, like Universities, are usually absorbed in the job market. Adrian Wooldridge argues that modern-day degrees have lost their value. This paper will present an argument of Adrian Wooldridge’ s statement, by employing the use of a critical analysis approach.
It will consider his claims about how people go to school to get more money and seek well-paying jobs, without forgetting to look into the validity of his statement. Adrian Woodlage insists that modern day scholars are getting into a fashion of harvesting and piling degrees upon others. According to him, people mainly go to school to get money. He talks so much about how scholars pile MBAs upon BAs, and PhDs upon their MBAs, and tries to bring out the notion that people get educated because they are chasing after money.
His argument does not hold water, because it is not true to say that every student who is in school is after a well-paying job. People have their own interests, which may not necessarily be to get employed. He is also very wrong to say that people get PhDs because they are looking for a pay rise. His argument is very flat and out of proportion, since e does not consider other things like passion, which may cause someone to go back to school.
He continues to say that the purpose of modern education is superiority. He implies this when he claims that people go for further studies mainly because they want to cancel out the degrees of their colleagues so that they can be much stronger in the job market, than most other people. One thing that he fails to consider is that interviews for top positions are usually very rigorous and in most cases, despite the fact that academic qualifications may act as a buffer, skills are still important.
His article may seem convincing at the first instance, but with careful consideration and analysis, his arguments become null and void; they are simply personal opinions because they don’ t even have a platform to support them. His argument is also not strong since degrees do not lose value by the number of people who hold them. Knowledge is the same, and its value cannot be depreciated since everyone, or many people have the same knowledge. People study for various reasons; there are those who do it to get greener pastures, but this does not mean that they must be employed.
Besides, some people just go to school because they are seeking to get more informed about a certain issue, or field of work. For example, a rich and successful business person may go back to school, not because he is interested in being employed, but simply because he is passionate about his business, and would like to sharpen his business skills so that he can increase his efficiency. It is also illogical for someone to take very many degrees so that he can get a job that does not necessarily require this kind of paper.
In fact, you may end up with no job since employers think that you are overqualified and that you may not be satisfied with the salary that they will give to you. Most people who do this will always seek for employment in other countries that recognize MBAs, like in India and Indonesia. He also argued that the cost of education is high, and the time required is also not short; this is right, people spend a lot of money and time in school.
However, he makes this sound like a bad thing, especially when he says that the return from education in terms of money may be less than what has been spent. Well, the fact that people spend a lot of money and time in school does not mean that they expect to recover all that money spent on education. There are many instances where people go back to school, in their old age, because they simply want more knowledge than money.
His claims about how many American graduates are hairdressers and casuals are also not ascertainable since he has not given any statistics to prove whatever he says. He says that more than 40,000 Ph. D. graduates lack jobs, yet he cannot give anything to support this claim, and does he know that not all Ph. D. graduates are interested in jobs? There are people who simply studied to get enough skills to run their business. It is hence wrong for Adrian Wooldridge to say that people seek degrees in a bid to get the highest paid jobs.
It is true that not all people who study up to Ph. D. will be able to recover all the money that they spent on their academics, but again, it is important to consider the fact that not everyone who goes to school is very much interested in much money. Some people simply need to get enough knowledge, and skills to get something done. Degrees are still relevant and will continue to be relevant, as long as they achieve their purpose, which is to pass knowledge and skills to scholars.