Good ed­u­ca­tion may have some dis­ad­van­tages

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

In the past I have writ­ten about the im­por­tance of hav­ing a good ed­u­ca­tion, but maybe the time has come for me to ques­tion this phi­los­o­phy.

In the first place, to ob­tain a good ed­u­ca­tion a per­son has to at­tend classes on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, study and per­form home­work, all of which re­duces the time you have to en­joy tele­vi­sion, com­puter games, cell phones, movies and just hang­ing out. Is a good ed­u­ca­tion worth sac­ri­fic­ing these im­por­tant plea­sures? In ad­di­tion, ob­tain­ing a good ed­u­ca­tion is costly, so if you de­cided to forgo it, think of the things you could buy with the sav­ings?

Since to­day’s books, movies, mu­sic and tele­vi­sion pro­grams are geared to peo­ple with a ninth-grade ed­u­ca­tion, a per­son with a good ed­u­ca­tion of­ten has dif­fi­culty find­ing a form of en­ter­tain­ment that is sat­is­fy­ing. This could lead to anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and an in­crease in sub­stance abuse.

Be­ing un­der­e­d­u­cated has not pre­vented many from mak­ing a good liv­ing, such as en­ter­tain­ers, pro­fes­sional ath­letes and movie stars. There are many or­ga­ni­za­tions that do not re­quire a lot of ed­u­ca­tion to be­come a mem­ber such a churches, the armed forces, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and street gangs.

If you were well ed­u­cated you would be ex­pected to ob­tain a good job and make a lot of money, all of which might cause you stress and worry. You would have to pay more in­come taxes. If you lost your job this could lead to a loss of self­es­teem. A less stress­ful job, at the bot­tom of the peck­ing or­der, would re­quire less ed­u­ca­tion, you would prob­a­bly have more job se­cu­rity, and have more time to so­cial­ize.

If you lacked a good ed­u­ca­tion you prob­a­bly wouldn’t have any in­vest­ments in the stock mar­ket to worry about so you wouldn’t need to ques­tion whether your friendly stock bro­ker was putting his in­ter­est ahead of yours, and you might not have to file a tax re­turn.

From 1966-1976 there was a cul­tural rev­o­lu­tion in Red China where aca­demics who voiced crit­i­cism of the gov­ern­ment were ha­rassed, in­tim­i­dated and some­times de­tained. Be­fore Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion any­one who sug­gested such might oc­cur in the United States would have been be laughed out of town, but re­cent pro­nounce­ments by Trump and the Wall Street Jour­nal, blam­ing aca­demics for many of the coun­try’s trou­bles, sound a lot like the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is lin­ing up a new whip­ping boy to blame for his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fu­ture short­com­ings, which you know will oc­cur. Also, this strat­egy would play well with his un­der­e­d­u­cated con­stituents whom he needs to keep happy.

Fi­nally, with less em­pha­sis on a good ed­u­ca­tion, the fact that your child is do­ing poorly in school would not be much of a con­cern, and there­fore you would not have a guilty con­science be­cause of your fail­ure to re­quire your child to work hard in his or her ed­u­ca­tional en­deav­ors. BASS TRUMBO Fayetteville

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