Saturday, June 20, 2009

Room for Debate: College Costs

An issue which affects us both as students and future educators. Let's hear from some experts.

Here's something of a round table on skyrocketing college costs, and the panelists' take on the solution.

How Much Student Debt is Too Much?

I will say that I think one of these people is wholly incorrect, and I suspect another may also have missed the boat, though their argument is somewhat defensible. But that's all I'll say, so you can make up your mind and then sound off in the comments.


  1. Oh, geez.
    Your warnings were too diplomatic.
    Geez, people. Come down from your ivory towers and take a look around if you want to earn your privilege to attempt to comment on the real world!
    - L

  2. Indeed. I'd really like to see where the author will be in 30 years if everyone listened to him, and all the prospective medical students scrapped plans to practice medicine in favor of a no-debt strategy!

    But my diplomacy is rooted in the spirit of debate! Some of the articles I deem to have been written in good faith, with good information. What I really would have liked to see is a younger panelist. What are high school seniors', college students', and recent grads' take on student debt?

  3. Put simply, we need our own panel.

  4. It's true, and I guess that's what I was trying to get at in my inarticulate frustration. All my life, people who have gotten where they are by going to good schools and being handed money and the rest of it saying, "Oh, all of that's really not necessary." But what about those people who are struggling through forming their own nascent careers? Or those who are past that stage, but never had those opportunities?

    I'd also like to point out that educational debt is an opportunity that many people don't get (counting outside the U.S. - I know - heretical). Also, on one's credit rating, provided on-time payments, educational debt counts in one's favor.