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The most educated generation in American history want their voice to be heard and what they have to say might change the way people view the US education system.
In a survey released by New America last week, only 13% agree with the idea that the higher education today is okay as it is. In comparison, a staggering 79% say that they strongly disagree with this sentiment.
Compared to the younger generation, their parents as well as their grandparents are more optimistic. Of the baby boomers who participated in the survey, 28% agree or strongly agree that the higher education is fine as it is while from those of the silent generation, 38% say that they support this sentiment.
The results should no longer come as a surprise. The current circumstances of the millennials compared to their parents and grandparents have a vast difference. These past several years, the younger generation who came out of school did so with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. Some are now blaming this to the sluggish labor market and rising cost of college education, and there’s also the difficulty of finding a job that’s related to their degree.
While they strongly opposed the idea that the education is fine the way it is now, the millennials do recognize that they are still better off getting a degree for themselves. About 75% believe that people who have a higher education will benefit from it. It is said that college students are desired in the labor market compared to the ones who have not earned any degree. However, pursuing a degree these days come with a higher risk, the reason why millennials are now skeptic about acquiring one – they know the risks associated with pursuing a degree.
According to Rachel Fishman, a senior policy analyst in the education policy program at New America, many people agree that you are more likely to become successful with a good credential but there’s something wrong on how the current system is structured. She adds that something needs to change.