The Intellectual Activist
An Objectivist Review
The American Education System: Pros and Cons
Categories: Grievances

With every schooling systems, there are positives and there are negatives, in the United States one cannot enter a single school without being laced into a very sensitive and uncomfortable debate about why the schooling system causes so much friction. For the student interested in educating their self so that they can make an informed decision about where they stand, here are six pros/cons all of which can be seen in either light:

1. Diversity

Diversity is a word that comes up a lot. Some people are scared that because there are so many different people around them that this means they have to fear their safety, while others believe it’s a liberating and indulgent experience that actually deconstructs fear and leads to more comprehensive understanding of people from different religions, origins, nationalities, races, classes, sexualities, ages and gender. While it’s true foreign experiences tend to leave, people feeling uncomfortable, it’s also important to point out how humanizing it can be to learn that differences between people don’t have to be barriers from engaging with each other.

2. Abundance of Studies

In the US, there is a wide variety of majors to choose from which can be a good thing because it gives students the opportunity to explore who they are and what they want to be, but others argue that it leads to a more shallow understanding, because they can’t possibly have in depth classes on every available subject. Also, there is a severe enough knowledge gap in these curricula in comparison to other schools that once they graduate future employees might be upset to find out that graduates from different schools require more in depth grooming when such students enter the field, which gives ivy students a possibly unfair advantage.

3. Best and Brightest

Fun fact: 40 out of 100 of the top universities are located in America. On the positive side this means that American citizens have the favor of being more likely to afford one of the top schools without having to be concerned about relocating to another country, which isn’t uncommon for other countries without as many high-ranking schools. That being said, people from all walks of life argue that this creates an unlikable air of entitlement that surrounds American college students and leads them to become less-likely to show humility.

4. All About the Money

Possibly the most conversational topic about higher education is its extremely high costs. Fifty years ago, a single student without a scholarship could work a part time job and manage to pay for tuition while still having enough time for studying and a social life, but today it’s rare to find a single student that didn’t walk away from college with significant debt. Most people see this as a clear-cut negative, but even here there is firm debate with some people saying that the cost is a way to weed out the students least dedicated to pursuing a degree and that the high cost is an invaluable way to fund the schooling system.

5. No Such Thing as Perfect

The most complained about is admission offices high standards. College admissions want you to be excellent at absolutely everything and it’s becoming an all-time consuming endeavor that starts as young as Kindergarten. Colleges have made it mandatory that you be a genius both scientifically and artistically while being a straight A student and maintaining an active social life that showcases leadership ability and at the same time somehow managing to do community volunteer work and winning at a wide range of impressive and unique competitions.
It’s no surprise that students and their families are stressed to the extreme trying to stretch themselves to make this possible. Whether it inspires children to be all that they can be from an early age and pushes them to succeed or it’s a waste of childhood and that they should have more time to figure out who they are specifically instead of just how to be what college admissions wants of them is up in the air and everyone seems to be very high-strung and vocal about their beliefs.

6. Medical Politics

Lastly, the politics behind the schools are affecting the students’ health. Health care in and of itself is already expensive and stressful, but when you consider the fact that most universities make their students sign with the colleges Medical Insurance you get into an all too lively debate about the politics behind the health insurance. Many think this is a good thing because it is easier for the school to keep tabs on its students’ medical affairs, and creates less to think about for the new adults who don’t fully understand how to choose their insurance, but there is equal concern over the negative implications of this practice.

The most commonly addressed issue is the situation of a student wanting to be on birth control but the medical insurance their school has made them sign with refutes their right to that medication, but there’s also other very important medical procedures and medications for an array of illnesses that a lot of insurance simply will not cover, so it’s really not just about sex.

In the end, you have the right to your opinion on where you stand in the debate. These are just some of many outlined arguments and explanations for both sides of the fence.

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