Good or Bad Debt: Higher Education?

Lets be honest the value of a higher education degree will always be debatable. I remember when I entered undergrad in 2004 it seemed like everyone was receiving a bachelor’s degree, so it was inevitable that I would pursue my master’s degree to eventually distinguish myself in the job market. I took exactly two years off before I entered graduate school in New York.

It took me eighteen months after walking across the stage at Radio City Music Hall in May 2012 with my masters degree to receive a job worth the blood, sweat, tears, and my first child that I gave to a major private university to find a job directly aligned with my passion for service-learning and education reform. Was it worth it? Of course! I wouldn’t trade a moment of the 18 month journey it took me to complete my beloved MA in Educational Leadership.

Was the debt worth it? Absolutely! I literally own this degree (and the school owns me for another 10 years), but would I have done it for a fraction (or none at all) of the cost? YES!! Yet, for me this was a “good” debt that I was willing to take on to further my career. It was well worth it!

This video by EncounterBooks on the Glen Harlan Reynolds’ Higher Education Bubble looks into the dwindling value of higher education in America. They even compare it to the housing crisis in the mid 2000s with the ever-increasing cost of higher education. Regardless, you know your value and what you are willing to do to ensure you reach your career dreams and goals.

Here’s what I do know:┬áto become a lifelong learner you have to advocate and invest in yourself first!


Great Debate: Project-Based Learning vs Problem-Based Learning vs XB-L

Surprise, surprise with the great demise of the American education system there are a lot of different reform program coming out of the woodwork in hopes of boosting student learning capabilities and comprehension. I say all this with a hint of being cynical that they will all work, but I am glad that there are options abound to meet the varied learning styles of the ever-changing student population. I think it is about time that there are feasible active learning solutions that students would enjoy.

Alright enough of my rambling about education reform practices, now on to the article Project-Based Learning vs Problem-Based Learning vs XB-L. John Lamer with the Buck Institute for Education, wrote a great article on the varied “x”-based learning models. I like how the article gives a brief history, overview and insight into two of the major debatable models. Also I look forward to looking to reading the second part of the article.

Here’s what I do know: it is pertinent that experiential and collaborative learning is essential toward ensuring that every student is well prepared for to beyond successful in the 21st century.