The song by Jessie J "Price Tag" has some really crucial and beneficial lyrics when it comes to understanding higher education in the United States. "Seems like everybody's got a price I wonder how they sleep at night when the sale comes first and the truth comes second." Why have we become a society that views college as simply a business and not something that is an amazing opportunity that our citizens get to experience? Education is a crucial component to making successful citizens of our country. With education, we have the ability for people to get jobs easier and be able to support themselves better.
Schools from Harvard to the University of Maine simply are out for your money, the sale comes first as Jessie J says and the truth second. The truth in this instance is education. We currently have a President who does not have the capacity to understand problems our country faces in education. He is too concerned with running our country as a business that he forgets that our country is not a machine but has people to it.
President Trump has been all over the place with his thoughts on education and has not been able to show a clear path with clear ides. It leaves students like me wondering if my President would also look at my education simply like a business, similar to how he runs our country. Would he be someone who would deny my education if I could not afford it or if someday I could not make a payment on my student loans?
Does anyone find it odd that we have to pay so much money for higher education? Or that foreign countries in Europe do not have a cost for education. Why have we allowed this price to skyrocket? What are we really paying for with all these hidden fees? How are we not an equal opportunity country that has a standard form of higher education for all? How come we can't have a better system to make successful individuals.
So, if you are one of the lucky students who has signed their life away to a life of forever debt how about that $40,000 a year education your getting. Is it worth it? Are you actually learning? Does your teacher care? The answer for me is no! If I am paying that much money why are the books and supplies not provided? Why doesn't my teacher care like me? Why does my teacher act like they are simply there to collect a paycheck?
At the University of Maine, I have had multiple teachers who do not care what students learn. They want to get paid and go home living in this vicious cycle day in and day out. I have teachers who simply accept defeat when a class of 150 young adults all fail a test. Doesn't this seem wrong? Why aren't we doing more?
I am a college student and I do not think my college education is good enough.