Should education be about the pursuit of knowledge or to get a good paying job?
What do you think?
- JerryLv 63 months agoFavorite Answer
Both are valid. Nothing wrong with scholarship for the sake of scholarship. Nothing wrong with pursuing knowledge and training for the sake of improving professional credentials and expertise. There needs to be balance, with scholars, like artists, understanding the need to qualify for a "day job" to pay the bills, with professionals understanding the value of scholarly and artistic pursuits.
- Andrew SmithLv 73 months ago
The pursuit of knowledge.
If all you are after is a "good paying job" there is no point in continuing education once you have achieved your goal. If you pursue knowledge there is no limit to what you can achieve. No endpoint and nothing to prevent you continuing to improve for your entire life.
Even as an employee if you are too narrowly focused on the specific information required you often fail to appreciate other factors. So the job you do is inadequate.
For example someone studies to design bridges.
They design a great bridge that carries the loads required.
Someone ELSE who has studied more widely realizes that the bridge supports interfere with shipping. That the view from the bridge is poor due to the position of supports. They discover that the bridge causes erosion to the soil due to its placement and that the traffic entering and leaving creates bottlenecks.
They advise on changes to the bridge that will produce a better total outcome.
They can only do this because they studied a lot more than what was needed "to get a good paying job"
- PhilomelLv 73 months ago
Pursuit and intelligent application of knowledge.
- oldprofLv 73 months ago
Good paying job supported by the knowledge and skills needed to get and hold that job.
So-called gimme courses, like black studies or social studies, do very little for anyone except the schools that get paid no matter what courses we take.
If we graduate from college with no marketable skills, what good can we contribute to society as we sit around and mooch off our parents because we have no job?
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- BlondeLv 73 months ago
Get a good paying job. Everybody needs to eat. And basic knowledge so you can navigate modern times. Sometimes, it’s not what you already know, but it’s about knowing ‘how’ to seek and learn more when you need to.
- MarkLv 73 months ago
Both are important. Ever hear of "continuing education"?
- 3 months ago
It depends on whether you place more importance on happiness or the ability to make money. They aren't always the same thing.
I believe knowledge is power and as such, just as important to me as money!
- .Lv 73 months ago
Both. But there has to be a balance. You probably don't want to pay 120,000 for a private university education and graduate with a degree that has no solid employment prospects.
- megalomaniacLv 73 months ago
Education, by definition, at least by its academic definition, is more than just job training. But not everyone has to pursue education beyond the publicly mandated minimum if they don't want to. Education can indeed help you get a good job but it is so much more than that.
Education is a big part of many people's lives (whether they want it to be or not) and so it so surprising to me that so few people bother to take any time to figure out what it actually is. One of the strange things about education is that it is hard to see its value until you have one.
- Anonymous3 months ago
That's up to you and either is acceptable. What is not acceptable is making a decision and then whining about it later.