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Is College for Everyone Over the last fifty years college has become a necessary element to success Instead of only a few people of our society being allowed to get a college degree it now seems that everyone can get one with relative ease Parents of today often force their children into college They want their kids to have the chance to make it in life to be successful and wealthy But with this growth in college attendance comes a decline in the difficulty of college courses Fifty years ago according to author William A Henry III a college grad with an English degree was expected to be versed in Latin Anglo-Saxon and medieval French 138 But todays college graduate is expected to have only a strong grasp of the American language The growth in college attendance has lead to the decline of college curriculum College should be more selective and not a commodity that one can buy and cheat their way through Prior to the second half of this century a high school diploma was considered to be a significant accomplishment It held the same power that a college degree holds today But a high school is basically automatic for teenagers outside of the ghettos and barrios Henry 135 A high school diploma is often looked at as merely stepping stone toward college It is no longer considered to be a big accomplishment on its own College has become virtually the only accepted path after high school Unlike in the past a college education has become a rite of passage rather than proof of some great accomplishment In countries such as England France and Japan university attendance is limited to a small portion of high school graduates In such countries only about 10 to 15 of teenagers are allowed to attend college Henry 135 Yet according to the Department of Commerces Statistical Abstract of the United States some 63 of all
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