Higher Education and Society

opinion Essay
1464 words
1464 words

Higher Education and Society

Attending public schools as a child, I remember learning the basic skills on how to add and subtract, read, and write. These basic skills are necessary in order to function in our society and work force in the United States. As we all know each child learns differently, some learn faster than others and some slower than others. Our public schools have become overcrowded and we do not have enough teachers to fit the needs of each student. Some students get left behind and are not learning the skills needed to move on to the next level. What these students are not learning they can learn in higher education such as a college or university. In this report, I would like to express the importance of a higher education. I will use the works of John Henry Newman, Jon Spayde and Mike Rose, all three writers believe in having an educated society. Our students’ needs are changing, there are a growing number of immigrants with children coming to the United States from all over the world. They bring with them the language and culture of their country. The age in which they arrive to the United States determines how well they learn English and what skills they will need to acquire to become productive in our society. The task of teaching our children the basic skills is becoming harder and harder each day, making it harder for our education system to achieve their goals. There are a high number of students graduating from high school who does not have the skills needed to meet the needs of the work force in our society. A higher level of learning is needed to make our society literate.

The relationship between college and university are influential in our society. To have an educated society in the United States brings a safe and peaceful environment to live in. Society is defined as "a group of people with a common culture or a way of life. A group of people who unite to share a common interest" (Holt, Rinehart and Winston 678). An educated society also avoids social problems such as poverty, gangs, drugs and health related sickness. Most of all, having an educated society helps our country’s economy. For example, a citizen that acquires a college degree earns respect and can get a good job that pays well.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that a higher level of learning is needed to make our society literate, citing the works of john henry newman, jon spayde and mike rose.
  • Explains how they were able to learn the basic skills needed to make it into college. they believe our public school system needs to change and become culturally sensitive, but attending a higher education can help them learn about themselves and the world.
  • Argues that an educated society in the united states helps avoid social problems such as poverty, gangs, drugs, and health related sickness.
  • Agrees with mr. spayde's ideas in what it means to be educated, but it is important to point out that all these experiences must be combined with facts, research, and additional skills learned in a higher level of learning.
  • Cites john henry newman's "the idea of a university." the presence of others voices and images that calls for response.
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