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The Importance Of Education And College

by C. Moult, Publisher,

Our society is filled with many types of jobs that require knowledge and skill. Some examples are: engineering, accounting, finance, law, and other socially structured positions. In many parts of the world, the determinants of getting an education may come down to how you would like to be viewed (status), your ability to pay for the education (wealth), and the pressure that the workforce places on individuals to obtain proper schooling (influence). There is no doubt that getting some level of education is absolutely essential for one's upward mobility in the society to which he resides. Some levels of
education for example: reading, comprehension, communication and math are viable to a person's survival in a socially economic world. With that said, getting at least a high school education in today's world is essential.

            Most of today's political arguments surrounding education have to do with whether or not getting a college education is necessary. Many of these political debates stem from whether or not the country can afford to fund the education system and pay for teachers, building maintenance, etc. These are reasonable political arguments to be had. Nonetheless, our workforce heavily favors getting a college education as oppose to not getting one. There is no doubt that an individual can achieve great success without getting a college education. In part, because he or she was born into a wealthy family or that he or she is highly entrepreneurial or just pure luck. These things are great, but will more and more entrepreneurial spirited people create the diverse workforce that we need to stem growth and keep up with the ever changing, technological and competing world that we live in today? The answer is: to an extent, but we would lack diversification in math, science and other skills that we need to compete in an ever changing global economy.

            In today's political environment, there is a push on the left for more investment in college education while on the right there is more of a push to cut spending on college education. Both of these principles have both merits and concerns based on the premise of some advantages and disadvantages stated earlier in this article. It comes down to which of the two principles you can afford to give up the most. On one hand there can be waste in funding an education system and on the other hand you can be failing to maximize the acquisition of human intellect and skills that are necessary for diverse growth.
            A country that is trying to compete with the rest of the world should not let getting an education become a luxury whether we are dealing with schools that are private institutions or schools that are public institutions.  The bottom line is that no matter what we do,  among us, there will always be people who are less fortunate than others.  There will be people who are more able to pay for an education than others, but that does not mean that we should not put in place resources that will give low income people a shot at getting higher education.  The goal is that from birth, we should look at people as prospects, as human capital, as potential and no matter what their financial status is, we should look for ways to get the best out of everyone.

            In keeping with the topic of this article and despite upsides and downsides, there is more of an importance to push for getting a college education. Make no mistake, going to college is not for everyone! But for those who are motivated and willing to put a good college education to good use, those people should not be restrained from going to college because the country benefits from those people. We can have it both ways in which we motivate our people to develop a business mind where many of these people may or may not go to college while encouraging others to go to college or technical school to obtain skills (math, science, medical research, etc) that they may not otherwise have obtained without the help of these institutions.

            Finally, one of the greatest things about the opportunity of getting a good education is that it can allow one to rise up above the ashes and become someone important and beneficial to society even if he or she was born in poverty.

6 --- Comments:

  1. Finelli6/30/2012

    I think there is alot of waste in the education system that needs to be streamlined. Not saying that people shouldn't be able to go to college, but we can do better in making sure that the system works more efficiently by getting rid of teachers that are not helping the cause.

  2. Devine26/30/2012

    I agree with this post that getting an education is important for the structural integrity of workforce diversification. Though there can be waste in funding an education system, the benefits far outweigh any shortcomings.

  3. Ketina6/30/2012

    I agree that education helps to balance things out. I wasn't born into a wealthy family per se, but I was able to get ahead with a decent education.

  4. Oshua106/30/2012

    Some politicians are trying to cut education too drastically to balance budgets. I understand that fiscal responsibility is important, but it shouldn't have to come at the expense of laying off good teachers and cutting class room size.

  5. There is way too much waste in the education system. We need to downsize it!

  6. Public education help built this country and I think that it is important that we invest in this segment of our economy. Yes, there are areas that we can improve upon like getting rid of teachers that are of no use and getting rid of other waste in the education system. Other than that, I fully support the idea of education reaching masses of people across the nation no matter what their background is.


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