Is College Worth The Cost?
It’s fall semester again. Government schools all around thecountry have started, with the big yellow busses zooming throughthe neighborhoods as early at 6:30am.Public education has been mandatory for almost a century now,but children in large numbers are no longer graduating fromhighschool. The “dropout” rate in the United States is as high asmany third-world countries.Many years ago I predicted that because of the failure of thegovernment schools our children, unable to get decent jobs andearn a living wage would quickly turn to crime. That time isnow, as I hear of a proliferation of home invasions andburglaries and drug crimes all over the local and national news.Even the young people that finish high school with decent gradesare caught in a trap. College tuition has increased dramaticallyand many have student loan debts comparable to house notes. But,is this endeavor worth the cost?According to statistics, the average cost of a college educationat an in-state public college ranges from$22,000 on the low endto $43,000 on the high end. These numbers increase drasticallyfor out-of-state and private colleges.