Life beyond school and a career
Many times I have pondered the thought of what it means for someone to actually graduate from college and have their education make a difference in the world we live in.
Is it worth it to go to college for four years then go out and get a desk job that requires about the same amount of knowledge a high school graduate may have? Which impact is greater, us working toward a goal or the goal working you?
These questions have many answers and pose many more questions atop the original question. But, one underlying answer is that we all want to work towards something to better ourselves, our families, our community, our nation, and ultimately our world.
At least it used to be that clear to me.
I mean our time is precious and we don't have but one life to live. Right?
Recently, I realized that many people in the world today not only hate their jobs, but also resent the fact they have to go and try and better something else at the expense of their time.
For example, a friend of mine teaches fourth and fifth graders in district that is known for having the lowest economic standing in the state of Washington. One of his colleagues grades papers on the ˘ABRACADABRA÷ grading scale which means each letter in the word represents a homework assignment and the grade that assignment and child gets.
Now, I donĂt think that any grade I got back in the fourth grade has effected my life that much, but the simple principle of the matter is appalling. I was raised with the notion that there is no point doing something if you are only going to do it half way.
This teacher believes he is, or should I say isn't, doing the students no harm. It's a harm to him, his community, and most of all, the student. A grade I got in fourth grade doesn't mean much now, but it did then.
Being comfortable is something I think people mistake for complacency. They get content with only doing so much just to get their paycheck, but in turn they help no one. This must stop, or our so-called Generation X will become a generation of nothings.