What does education mean in America?
As a high school senior and a college freshman applicant, I’ve been receiving many question and unsolicited advice on my “major” and career goals. An argument typically arises when the question, “how are you going to make money with that?” is asked.
Going to school, studying, engulfing yourself in a subject for at least 3 years of your life, becoming an expert in one or more specific subjects is only done with the expectation to someday have money. You devote yourself to obtaining a significant amount of knowledge to only have it valued to a monetary amount. There is no such thing as seeking education “just for the fun of it”. School is a chore and an obstacle that you must overcome just to be financially stable. This includes making a salary that could provide with the essentials: housing, food, transportation, suitable clothing and heating/ac.
So when adults complain about young students who do not wish to continue their education, can you really blame them? Unless your pleasure relies solely on studying business, medicine or law, the only degrees deemed worthy enough to actually receive, you are studying nothing pleasurable.
Now, when I receive that question: what are you (going to) study, my answer is normally music. This seems to bother many people. With strong concern, they asked why would I waste thousands of dollars to studying something as silly as music and be in debt for most of my life, not even being able to secure a job as a musician or composer. But their concern is valid. Certainly, many people have been able to make a comfortable living as a musician, but those are only the butt-busting, die hard, practice 14 hours a day musicians, or ones whom at least have strong connections.
Capitalism has taken away the joy of being a student. The only use of education in America is to have decent-paying job that can contribute the nation’s economy. We don’t want your intellectual value, artistic or reforming potential. We only want your money.
In the comment section of an article titled “9 Awesome College Majors You Never Knew Existed”, a few people think the only purpose of attending college is to have “real jobs”.
This bothers me a great deal and makes life seem so meaningless.
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