The Valpo Core Reader

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Education Essay

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For something that plays such a major role in our lives, education remains an enigma for most. Opinions on what’s the most effective method, what should be emphasized, and how the educational structure functions as a whole varies from person to person. To be perfectly honest, it’s nearly impossible to find someone who shares your own views on this controversial topic perfectly. One facet of this controversy is the question, is education’s effectiveness determined by the kind of job it earns and the financial success that follows, or are there things more important than the outward success an education provides? Bob Compton, producer of the documentary film 2 Million Minutes (2007), would argue that education is not successful unless it allows the student to be competitive in the areas of math and science, however ancient Greek philosopher Plato would disagree, contending that there are other beneficial skills and values to be gained from an education.


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