As educators, we strive to improve our educational practices each school year, but there are a number of ways we can positively impact a student's life beyond our subject area content.
The following articles highlight a major obstacle that will face many of our students for years to come. The rising cost of college in this country has the potential to impact students for 10-30 years following the graduation from a four-year degree program. With college debt increasing by the year, this is a real problem facing 18 year-old kids of all demographics. As students are weighing their options beyond high school, I would like to challenge you to consider how you could address this major teenage issue within your classroom this school year.
The Atlantic - Why Is College So Expensive in America?
NPR - How The Cost of College Went From Affordable to Sky-High
Subject Area Topics to Consider:
Health - How does carrying high debt through life impact stress?
English - The Atlantic presents a huge case for why college is so expensive. This non-fiction text could lead to a great discussion and provide opportunities to practice annotation strategies, mathematic and data analysis within scholarly writing, or a simple study of cause and effect.
VPA - Can we make that fine and performing arts degree pay off in the end?
Social Studies classes could use this NPR article to talk about the GI Bill and how the tax base played a key role in subsidizing a higher education for "The Greatest Generation."
Math - Through the collection of data from all over the world, a class could be investigating the true value of a collegiate education in America. The question being, "Is it really worth the price we are paying?"
This topic is relevant and real for our population. Many of our students are worried and stressing over getting into college. In reality, most colleges need their tuition money and we should do our best to steer their attention to selecting an appropriate and sustainable education path. One where educational value, cost, and economic outcome are more important than the size of the new residence hall.
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