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Why America’s Education System Is Failing

Dan Reider

Now, almost 50 years later, we can no longer ignore the obvious: that we failed to address many of the issues we faced in the ‘60s and’70s. We have spent an incredible amount of money; developed numerous social, economic, and educational programs; and otherwise tried whatever we thought would bring about major change with members on the lower end of the socioeconomical pyramid, and yet the results show our efforts have been underwhelming. 

The 4-Year College Myth: Why Students Need More Time to Graduate

Joanna Pulido

Four-Year Myth, a report from the national nonprofit, Complete College America, declares that a 4-year degree has become a myth in American higher education. The study finds that the majority of full-time American college students do not graduate on time, costing them thousands of dollars in extra college-related expenses. Policy experts who analyzed the statistics believe a more realistic benchmark for graduation is six years for a bachelor’s degree and three years for a “two-year” certificate.

The Rise and Fall of Humanities Studies

Angelo Franco

A recent report released by Harvard University, “Mapping the Future,” found that the number of students who earned a humanities degree in the United States halved in the past four decades.  Headlines proclaiming the fall of humanities from favor as a global crisis are reported throughout major news outlets.  Some argue that students are simply no longer interested in humanities, while others ascertain that the changing landscape of women in the workplace is the reason to blame.   

The Pros and Cons of Lottery Scholarships

Emma Mincks

While one scholarship alone would not undo years of socioeconomic stratification or completely change achievement outcomes between social classes, the lottery scholarship was envisioned as a way to bridge this gap. Although the scholarship aims to reduce the disparity in academic achievement between poorer and more privileged students, and to encourage all students to attend college, it may not necessarily cover the cost of school for the students who receive it. 

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