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Sharon Turner

EAP Teacher (English for Academic Purposes), Sabanci University


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What is the value of gaining a higher education?

I was reading an article today in the Guardian about the consequences of higher education. The writer's premise was that if graduates could not be guaranteed entry to the job market, higher education was meaningless. Does higher education have value beyond economic/ business needs?


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    Sep 1 2011: I don't agree with the premise that if graduates couldn't be guaranteed entry to the job market higher education is meaningless. I returned to education later in life with the Open University and will probably be 50 when I graduate. Education this time around has given me such joy, confidence and has brought a sense of vision that can only add to my life. In a nutshell it brings value to my life and as a result of this it gives me potential and drive to use this productively in every area of my life. There is, as they say, more to life than work.
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      Sep 3 2011: Dear Jacqueline,

      I am also on a similar journey as the one you describe above. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have this experience at 18, where we invest in the individual and their development. I am not saying that this does not happen but would be wonderful if this was the experience of every student at a younger age who enters higher education.

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