#BlogFlash2013 Day 20 – Education

Education is essential. It’s what allows humanity to progress and lifts us above ignorance and savagery. We are taught from an early age how important it is to learn, to work hard at our studies for the good of our future. With the current recession and government’s spending cuts, education has been one of the departments hit. But are governments failing students on another level too?

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There was a time, in the not too distant past, when a university degree meant something. An Honours degree used to guarantee the holder a job with good prospects and an above-average salary. But not anymore . . .

In these recession-fuelled days, the three plus years of hard work and dedicated learning aren’t paying off. The huge debts incurred by students sit on balance sheets, unpaid.

These educated young people languish in depression as they ask, “Do you want fries with that?” or, worse still, make their bi-weekly visits to the dole office.

Was it worth all their dedication to education?

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6 thoughts on “#BlogFlash2013 Day 20 – Education

  1. For someone who didn’t get a degree, but did go to community college while in my 30s and working full-time, I still say yes. You just have to choose your major with care. It might not be exactly what you want to do, but without the degree, you might not even be flipping burgers any more. I tried for two years to find work after moving south in 2008. Not the best time, I know, but our goal in the northern tundra was ten years and back south to the warmer weather. And it worked for him. Thank goodness, I always plan for his pay to cover us. But for me, I had worked for years and had skills, especially in the service industry, but still no one wanted me. In this day of online applications, for someone like me to find work, it is almost impossible, if not impossible. I finally just gave up and consider myself retired. Great post. It got me going. LOL

  2. Education is wonderful for the sake of learning, but the financial burden of higher education frequently doesn’t match the rewards, and for those professions where it does, the services provided are too expensive for many people to be able to afford them. Here in the US the medical world is that way.

    It’s a real conundrum, and there has to be a good, positive solution.

  3. There’s a lot of emphasis in this day and age on following your passion, but the trouble is, getting a degree in your passion doesn’t always equal a self-supporting wage and ample job opportunities. The only reason I kept getting degrees related to English is because the scholarship fairies smiled down upon me. Then I started teaching and realized I’d chosen a profession that burned up my energy to write creatively. If I were to go back to school, I would pick a different career path and earn a degree that would end up paying for itself.

  4. I think formal education in certain ways is overrated. That sounds bad, I know. But the point is the formal education doesn’t always give what is needed for life and work. This of course depends very much on the student, the education and many other things.

    Now I must point that the basic education is essential. Learning to read, write and much more. And of course learning to be and interact with other people.

    But the degree? Maybe not that essential. Often the education is taken in order to have the degree rather than learning something real. That’s not very useful, is it?

  5. There is a great deal of hypocrisy happening now with educations – a degree is necessary but makes you overqualified for certain jobs and still is insufficient for other jobs. Still, while a quality education provides more than just the piece of paper, that piece of paper is also more than just the paper. While a university education isn’t a necessity for all walks of life, a general and targeted education is in itself extremely important.

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