Education equates Empowerment?
There are countless students in America today from the young to the old. Education they receive ranges from public to private, traditional and non-traditional, but what links them all together is the end result. Regardless of whom you are as a person, as a student your worth is defined by the work you put forth. A student is in charge of their own education, from what they wish to learn to their individual drive to do work. Whether or not a student is successful is dependent on their internalization of knowledge, self-motivation/interest and their environment in which they learn. What is ultimately true is that current schooling does not create an individual’s empowerment.
College education can be very valuable in terms of numbers, In Rereading America chapter 2 stated, “The median annual earnings of workers with a high school diploma, a bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in 2007 were, respectively, $26,712, $46,277, and $61,014” (110). This shows how the pursuit of education equates to more income. Furthermore, “Students who do not complete high school can expect to earn 19,089 per year and have a 15.5% unemployment rate” if money is the equivalent of happiness then it is certain that education is very important for financial gains and even finding employment (110). Yet, overall happiness is still in question. Money is not equivalent to overall happiness; money is not the answer to happiness but a factor that is overlooked and a symbol of a student’s success. There are more to the statistics and numbers; it does not reference the individual conditions of the person. Does schooling teach you how to become a better person? Does school push the limits of one’s thinking, to become a critical thinker? Does going to college provide a person a loving family?
In the outlook of education the cognitive definition would translate back to school, the act of going to school to obtain knowledge. College education is a way to...