The value of higher education was a main topic of discussion during the Jan. 15 edition of America’s Work Force.
Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, co-authors of Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and Its Colleges and Universities, talked about putting a value on the education received from a college or university. They said that students go to college because they think that it is the only path to a good paying job directly out of school. Rather, most students end up leaving their university with crippling debt and no guaranteed job to help pay off their debts. They said that with the tuition of a university is rapidly increasing and students are forced to weigh their options and decide if higher education is truly worth it for them. With the great opportunities that apprenticeships in the trades offer, such as free education, guaranteed job placement, and an earn-while-you-learn model, some young adults are better off going into the trades rather than a university and setting themselves behind with debt and no job.
Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, discussed the Los Angeles teacher strike during her Jan. 15 appearance on AWF. Cropper said that the lack of funding was a major reason for the teachers to initiate their strike in Los Angeles. The teachers want higher wages, smaller class sizes and better funding to help the students receive the attention and better quality education that they deserve. Cropper also talked about the expansion of charter schools in Ohio.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the L.A. teachers strike in the second largest school district in the United States. He also talks about the ongoing government shutdown.