President Obama ministered to my spirit in last night’s State of the Union address when he said, “Higher education cannot be a luxury.”
Despite education’s liberating properties, it struggles to endure.
It gets gutted in budgets. In the face of unsettling economic times, it is undermined.
In an age of overly relying on standardized tests and normative assessments, it is confined to a box that many would rather skip altogether in pursuit of scant odds at becoming a star.
When knee-high to a grasshopper, many of us were taught that knowledge is power.
While pedagogical progress is hardly limited to classrooms, desks, chalkboards and Smart Boards, “book smarts” frequently contribute to the lives of people across the globe.
Education orders thoughts, increases knowledge, and illuminates cultural similarities and dissimilarities. But, it also swags out pockets, opportunities and lifestyles—when done properly.
Recent Census Bureau data reports that a master’s degree renders $1.3 million more during a lifetime than a high school diploma. A bachelor’s degree tends to add nearly $1 million more in lifetime earnings for an individual.
Certainly people nab high paying jobs without additional degrees. Some build fruitful lives for themselves and their families.
But, the president would not have ascended to his position of power without the world-class education that he received. Numerous others have similar stories.
As a recent graduate in a funky economy I am aware of pessimistic reports, and unfavorable odds; however, I come from long lines of educated people on both sides of my family.
Plus, we grind. Challenging work is often more exhilarating than exhausting.
It will be interesting to see how the political season inspires more conversations about the validity of degrees and the need for knowing.
I am ready to take notes.