Today in California, and across the country, students at various levels of education participated in a number of events along the lines of walk-outs, rallies, and etc.
First, I want to applaud these individuals for doing something that they believe in. I think it is important to passionately believe in something, and actively do something about it. On that basis, I support you.
There are many things I disagree with on walking out. The first and most straightforward point is that it is very counter-productive to be walking out of a class that one sweated, cried and complained about barely being able to get into. A class that perhaps is already receiving a certain number of furloughed days anyways this semester. You are missing out on your education in order to complain about missing out on your education.
Next point: Education is like a sewer. One gets out of education what they put into it. The work, effort, and energy that one puts into their education is the reward that they will receive from it. What ties into this is that one has to care for their education enough to work outside the classroom. When a class is furloughed, students should go to the class anyways. Granted, the teacher will not be there. But do we need teachers to make our own education happen? We are fortunate enough to have books, the internet, and films. All excellent resources that we should be using to their full potential. Beyond that, having a class without the teacher allows the students to take more control of their education. Students are able to control the pace and nature of the discussion. They can help others who are struggling out more freely. It allows students to show that they really can work independently, which is important when it comes to being in the professional world.
Finally, I go to my Beautiful California University. I do not go to Harvard, Yale, or Brown. Thus, I do not expect my degree to be as beautiful. I do not expect my degree to compare to someone with an Ivy League education. However, I am getting an education. I believe there is a statistic that says that only 1% of people in the world have a Bachelor’s Degree. Which means that when I graduate, I will be part of 1% of the world. And if I am in the 99th percentile of that, I am still in the top 1% of the world.
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