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GMAT Essay Topic 511 - The following appeared as an editorial in a magazine concerned with educational issues. "In our country, the real earnings of men who have only a high -school degree have decreased significantly over the past fifteen years, but those of male college graduates have remained about the same. Therefore, the key to improving the earnings of the next generation of workers is to send all students to college. Our country's most important educational goal, then, should be to establish enough colleges and universities to accommodate all high school graduates." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc.

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practice essay –

The article presented here sites the problem of reduced earnings of high school graduates. It then goes on to suggest opening of college and university to increase the current capacity. The reasoning given is college graduates earnings have remained constant for last fifteen years.
however, the article is found seriously lacking in identifying the cause of the problem and therefore the solution suggested may not be effective at all.

First of all, article does not make it clear why the earnings of high school graduates have reduced. Assuming, that prior to 15 years earnings were reasonable, reduction in earnings may be due to other more important economic factors as lack of demand in the market for high school graduates.

The article goes on to compare the earnings of high school graduates with college graduates. But the earnings of college graduates have also remained stagnant for 15 years. This situation points to possibly a stagnant economy. Therefore, increasing the number of college and universities can hardly improve the situation.
Additionally, no effort is made to enlist the reason why students may not want to continue education after high school. Probably, college education, itself does not offer any high potential of a more prosperous future.

Instead of the given reasoning, article would have done better to refer to some study on vocational nature of college and university education. This might have helped the reader to relate to higher income levels of the two groups compared. The article should have first identified that their is a shortage of Universities which offer courses with high employment potential and then suggested opening more of them for a solution.
In the absence of a proper cause-effect analysis, the article first of all fails to identify the root of the problem. Subsequently, the solution provided seems totally effective.

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