Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Why Do We Need to Go to College?


College is the greatest place in the world for those who ought to go to college and who go for the right reasons. For those who ought not to go or to go for the wrong reasons, college is a waste of time and money.

First, who should not go to college?

-Children whose parents have no other reason for sending them than they can afford to.
-Children whose characters are bad and whose parents believe that college will change them for better.
-Children who have no other reason for going than to avoid work or have a good time.
-Children who go to college to have a stadium in which to demonstrate their athletic ability.
-Children whose notion of college is that it will help them achieve financial or social success in life.

These children should be kept at home, or they should be sent to a country club, a trade school, or a body-building institute. There is, or should be no place for them in an institution whose only excuse for existing is the training of the mind.

Now, who should go to college? Anyone should go to college who has demonstrated both an aptitude and a desire for more education than he has been able to get in elementary and high school. And I may add that to deprive any such person of a college education because his parents cannot afford to give him one is to commit an offense not only against the individual but also against society at large.

You can get an education in college if you try. But you must bring three things with you; a certain minimum intellectual equipment, habits of work, and an interest in getting an education.

Why then go to college? College is a place to learn how to think. College should make a man manly. College Education should rigorously train the intellect for the happiness of the individual and the salvation of the world.

 
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