2 April 2015
Ivory Tower is a 2014 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by
Andrew Rossi. The film questions the value of higher education in an era when the price of
college has increased more than any other service in the United States. It explores the different
types of higher education and the many issues that students face in their journey.The film focuses
on community colleges, four year universities, vocational schools, online courses, and less
traditional forms of education, and argues that the high cost of tuition is at a breaking point. The ...view middle of the document...
I would have never guessed that one trillion dollars is the amount of student loan
debt acquired by the higher education system in the Unites States. Hearing this number I
contemplated how much I would be adding when I go to college.
As the film progressed, it touched on how the various universities are spending the
accumulated money they get from their students. Whether this money was going toward a new
academic building, residence hall, or recreational amenity, the money was going toward the
school. And even though the money is going towards the schools, the cost of college tuition has
risen roughly 1,100 percent since 1980. That is more than any other goods or service in the US
economy. I knew that the career I aspired for required devoting many years of my life to higher
education. But even though the cost increased, I still felt that to have a better life, that was part
of the contract.
For much of American history, college has been sold as the key to a successful and bright
future. As time goes on, it’s a key that’s becoming harder to pay for. By this key being harder to
pay for, I am meaning that if you actually graduate and earn your degree, you are also earning
thousands of dollars in student loans. More programs means more facilities, more facilities
means more students. And all of it means more tuition. As stated previously, the cost of an
education has increased more quickly in the past few decades than any other good or service.
And because federal money has been taken away from our country’s education, the loan
movement has begun to increase at just the same rate, only in a shorter amount of time.
This documentary has truly helped me understand the extent to which higher education
goes. Even though it should be about gaining a priceless education, its not only about that. Many
factors that are behind the scenes of universities are coming to center stage. People are
wondering why the system has changed so much since there parent went to college. I have the
same question and concerns, but finding the answer won’t affect my decision. Education is
priceless and knowledge is power. If I have to pay whatever amount of money to get a higher
education, I will be willing to find a way.
Besides the documentary exposing many facts of how colleges have changed for the
worse, TEDTalks speaker Julien Gordon also influenced my decision to continue and gain a ...