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Getting an education versus being educated

“To me, I definitely learned who my friends are. I’m walking out with less friends than from when I walked into high school as a freshmen,” senior Alyssa Malave said. Picture attributions to Sean MacEntee.
“To me, I definitely learned who my friends are. I’m walking out with less friends than from when I walked into high school as a freshmen,” senior Alyssa Malave said. Picture attributions to Sean MacEntee.
“To me, I definitely learned who my friends are. I’m walking out with less friends than from when I walked into high school as a freshmen,” senior Alyssa Malave said. Picture attributions to Sean MacEntee.
“To me, I definitely learned who my friends are. I’m walking out with less friends than from when I walked into high school as a freshmen,” senior Alyssa Malave said. Picture attributions to Sean MacEntee.

by Jaclyn Thompson, news editor

One would think that, by going to school, they would get all the education they need. Living in America, college is no longer an option for most people due to the inability able to get a job without a degree. But in school, students are being told they’re getting an education that they’re going to need when they get older. We learn in school, but do we gain the education we need?

“-if there was a family tree, hard work and education would be related, but school would probably be a distant cousin,” spoken word poet Suli Breaks said.

Asking students what they got out of high school, most students would list things like trust, friendship, backstabbers, and lessons not necessarily learned in the classroom. The biggest thing taught in high school isn’t what students learn in a classroom, it’s what’s learned from the surroundings of the walls inside the high school.

“To me, I definitely learned who my friends are. I’m walking out with less friends than from when I walked into high school as a freshmen,” senior Alyssa Malave said.

But what do we need to know for our future. Nowhere in school are we taught what we need for the real world. Are students in high school or college taught how to do taxes? Did students even learn how to apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA)? Were students  taught about paying bills and what a mortgage is? What students are taught in high school is what the state thinks we need to know and how everything they do here affects the rest of their lives. Even in law school, law students aren’t taught how to be lawyers, they are taught about law.

“In high school I hope to get the knowledge to get a good job and be able to handle my money to get a good job,” freshmen Michael Sceiczina said, “ [What I wish high school taught me] is how to deal with life when you’re finally thrown in the world and how to survive, there’s no class really on that.”

Education might be defined mostly as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university but education is what you learn. What’s ironic is how the definition of educated is having an education and especially a good education. But yet educated is defined basically using the same word in the definition. That’s one thing students are taught not to do in high school. Education is what students learned, but education doesn’t stop at just school, it goes on throughout the world and one can get educated from places, things and people that aren’t in a school. Although people believe high school prepares students for the rest of a teenagers life.

“I think there definitely could be changes and for a fact we need more real life skill  classes, like home economics and shop class, like they had when my dad was younger, instead of just focusing on math, science, english and history,” physical education teacher Mr. Maroney said.

School is a very important aspect to a child, teenager and young adults life in this generation. School is very important why? Help the students understand why. All students know now of days is that without school they’re most likely not going to get a well paying job. Forcing an education isn’t going to help students get educated. Students aren’t taught everything that is important in life. The most essential lessons in life doesn’t revolve around a lesson a teacher planned, it comes from a mistake or a realization.

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