The Cost to Educate a President…

As Election Day loomed, voters across the United States of America were deciding which of the two candidates will get their vote. The political views of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been evaluated and dissected by hundreds of websites and countless political pundits. We’ve seen the two candidates debate on TV and approve countless commercial messages. We’ve heard their talking points and read their plans. However, we wanted to know how they got so smart.

So, we took a closer look at how they earned their degrees, where they started in grade school, and how they managed to afford their educations. It’s all right here in this special election infographic. Apparently, the road to The White House isn’t cheap. Both candidates chose pricey private school educations that ended with advanced degrees from Harvard. Can a president educated in an ivory tower understand the stresses of the public school system and the challenges a public school student faces?

Mitt’s younger years were spent upon what Paul Goldberger of the New York Times called “one of the greatest campuses ever created anywhere” at Cranbrook School. The prestigious Michigan school started in 1922 boasts one of the largest boarding school endowments and notable alumni including Selma Blair, Senator Simpson and Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy. Obama on the other hand attended Punahou School in Honolulu which is the largest independent school in the United States. This powerhouse started in 1841 has been called the “greenest” school in America in 2006 and best sports program in the country by Sports Illustrated in 2008 and 2009. This school has a notable alumni list much too long to consider here but ranges from numerous pro athletes to Sun Yat-Sen the Founding Father of the Republic of China. These important years helped shape both men to get ready for critical college and grad schools years and their rise through politics.

You’ve seen what it costs to educate a president. Now, you’re wondering how much your education will cost and how much will it will be worth. A recent study shows college graduates have fared much better than high school graduates during the recession and recovery. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reports that most of the new jobs created since the beginning of the recession require a post-graduate degree. The report also shows that earnings of workers with a Bachelor’s degree or better are still nearly twice that of high school-educated workers. That certainly puts the value of a degree in perspective.

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