Should Everyone Go to University

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Reading Report for Should everyone go to university?

5th November,2012
Benjamin Collins

The thesis of this article is that it is wrong to push everyone to university education, which though have benefits for individual and society. It would cause underemployment and dashed expectations.

According Tomas Friedman, American would like to focus more on quantity rather than quality comparing with Canadian.


Higher education is a worthy personal investment.

III) Not just individual but also the whole society can benefit from university education. IV) Because of so many advantages of education, it is necessary to send as many people as possible to school according to Thomas Friedman.
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At first, he admitted the benefits from higher education ------ it is a worthy investment for both individuals and society. In subsequent paragraphs, however, Potter started to point that what kind of knowledge you learn in university matters so much, which is proved by the different statistics of salary between people with science degree and art degree. (p8) And also, Potter indicated that Canada is facing an increased unemployment rate, which is caused by the lower people with science degree. In addition, Potter blamed that our arts and humanities education could not fit with society’s need and also noted that the only thing the education could provide is a credential which is a signal about one’s perseverance that employers like and which cause students pursue more or better degrees. At the end of the article, Potter concluded that the education agenda of “more is better” is a false principle which would do nothing but lead the underemployment and dashed expectations.

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