Value of a College Education

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The Value of a College Education


What is the value of a college education? I believe that everyone has a different answer to this question, because everyone has different reasons for returning to school. Some people want their degree to get them a better job, while others have sought their degree just to say they have done it. There may even be some people who consider getting your degree a waste of time. Getting your degree may require a hard workload and be filled with an enormous amount of stress, but the result is worth all of the effort. " The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives" (Hutchins). My objective in this essay is to prove the importance of getting a degree and how to obtain your own degree.

What is Education?

The meaning of Education

To begin with, what does education mean? The dictionary defines Education as, " The systematic instruction, schooling or training given to the young in preparation for the work of life; by extension, similar instruction or training obtained in adult age.

Also, the whole course of scholastic instruction which a person has received " (Oxford 1989). Without education, tradition is lost, as well as the potential of youth. For many thousands of years, the old have taught the young. They have passed on knowledge from one hand o another. Before the invention of reading and writing, people lived in an environment in which they struggled to survive against natural forces, animals, and other humans. To survive, preliterate people developed skills that grew into cultural and educational patterns. For a particular group's culture to continue into the future, people had to transmit it, or pass it on, from adults to children. Whether it was a master...