As a result of the economic downturn that has negatively impacted our country over the last four years, millions of people are either without jobs or simply struggling to make it day to day. Paying the bills and affording life’s essentials is not easy for anyone. It is especially difficult for people that lack a formal education. Whether fair or not, no matter how talented, skilled or naturally gifted a person may be, without an education it is extremely hard to get a head in today’s world. When even college graduate students are unable to find solid, well paying jobs, just think of the difficulties being faced by high school dropouts or individuals without college diplomas.
Although a college degree in absolutely no way guarantees a person a job in this harsh economy, there is absolutely no doubt that it helps a great deal. Unfortunately, what has happened is that as the economy has continually gone done, college tuition costs have steadily increased well beyond the inflation rate. The costs of achieving a four year college degree is absolutley staggering.
It is unfair that children born into a life of poverty are unable to afford to go to college or, in some cases, even attend a good high school. Education should be a right, not a privelegde for the rich. I strongly believe that the communities in Louisiana need to work together to help all people achieve their education goals. Another important point to remember is that it is never to late to get an education. Someone who dropped out of high school as a teenager can get their high school diploma or G.E.D. as an adult and go on to a four year university or a technical school. When everyone has access to a quality education, the health and well-being of the entire community improves.