The NY Times on Education

Today the New York Times published an article about President Obama’s State of the Union from last night, January 25th. In the NY Times article, entitled "Cut Waste or Invest? Try Both", the author says "Education is the single best investment a society can make." He goes on to make the point that investments in education in the 20th century, when other countries were not investing in education, is what drove the USA’s economic successes in the 20th century. Likewise, when funding to education was cut in the 1980s and 1990s, our economic progress slowed.

The author affirms that President Obama’s desire to protect higher education from across-the-board budget cuts is a good thing. The author also argues that funding should be given on a merit-based system, rewarding those who take risks and seek to continue the American work ethic of the past, as Obama referred to many times in his State of the Union. "Subpar schools," the author further argues, "go unpunished, giving them little reason to improve."

The author further argues that higher education must keep students engaged, as the majority of students who do not finish their education do so because the colleges “are neither very rigorous nor very engaged in students’ lives.” While some may not agree, the author makes the point that higher education institutions, both campus and online colleges, should engage with their students and provide valuable education.

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