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Kenji Gerhardt

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What is the goal of education?

I am currently a high school student facing a problem and a question has occurred to me as a result. Having always been in advanced math classes, this year is unique in that I have had to drop from the honors level course to the normal level course in order to preserve my grade so I can get into college later. Before bending my pride enough to follow through on this decision, a question popped into my head:

Why do I need to lower the level of my education and reduce my experience in a subject to be more appealing to higher level educational facilities?

I personally feel that the goal of education is just that: education. Grades should just be a stick to measure where more work needs to be done, not where final judgement should be placed. Students like myself should be encouraged to challenge themselves so that they aren't getting everything right, not drop to a level where they can always get the best grade.

Those are my thoughts, anyway. What do you think the goal of education should be and of it's current state in America?


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  • Oct 29 2011: Always do what is best for your life in the long run. The choice you are making is not so much about education, but about self advancement. Most decisions we make we hope lead to a better life. True if you stayed in the class you would feel pride about completing it, but graduating from a better college /university will probably get you a larger salary which will add to your life in the long run. There is no reason that you cant go back and complete this course at a later time when that stakes are not so high. Education enlightens a persons life but does make a good life. Remember that a good life is you ultimate goal.

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