Provocative, makes you think, wonder and ponder, if you have a mind for critical thinking. What point does our narrator make that you find irrefutable, universally true, all the time, every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
On what point is our narrator mistaken, or better said, drawing conclusions not supported by evidence?
There are two final questions:
1. What is the narrator’s position? Sum up, in your own words, what the narrator’s message is.
2. What is your position? Sum up, in your own words, why you agree, or disagree with the narrator.
Note: Yes, it is possible to agree with some things the narrator says, and disagree with other things. In life, nothing is entirely black or white, right or wrong. Even bad people have some good in them, and good people have some bad in them too. That’s what makes us human, the fact that we have not achieved perfection…
It is written, in the Bible, in John 8:7 (King James Version):
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
I do not “cast a stone” at education, nor do I favor telling people that they can lead successful lives without education.
As an educator, it would be an irreconcilable contradiction for me to believe that higher education is not worth the time, energy, and financial investment required to achieve it. Quite simply, I believe in the transformative power of education.
Having said that, I fully recognize that in many cases, education fails to deliver on its promise of transforming lives. You can find people with university educations nowadays, “flipping burgers” at McDonalds, Burger King, etc.
This would be the point in which I find myself embracing the part of the message of the narrator that says there is an added ingredient that is necessary, that education alone is not enough. The “success equation”, for me, looks like this:
Education + Hard work = Success
For the record, that’s the way I see things. Now that you know my opinion, I feel morally justified in asking you, again:
What’s your opinion?