Education and Privileges Essay

1369 Words Jul 2nd, 2013 6 Pages
Do all Americans have equal rights and privileges? As years pass, sufficient education is becoming a more and more important necessity. Does the amount of education a person have determined the rights and privileges they get? Should this happen? How is someone determined to be uneducated or uneducated? The word “uneducated” can have a different meaning depending on the situation. “Uneducated” in most cases refers to adults who are illiterate, or adults who have not completed high school. “Susan B. Anthony stated in a 1873 speech that it might be acceptable for the educated to be given more rights and privileges by society than the ‘ignorant’ or uneducated.” This statement of Susan B. Anthony is completely justified, and the fact that the …show more content…
The median annual income for uneducated people is significantly lower than that for educated people. Uneducated men make a median of $21,600 annually as the rest of society makes an average of $55,500 annually (Baum, Payea). Uneducated people make less than two-fifth what people with a high school degree make. Not only do uneducated people not get a sufficient amount of money, but they also don’t receive many employee benefits. The jobs of 62% of uneducated people do not give health insurance, and the jobs of 80% of uneducated people do not give pension benefits (Baum, Payea). Schools make it clear to students that the further someone studies; the more likely they are to find a better job. The uneducated person is to blame for not getting these privileges, as they needed to work hard to get a high school diploma for better job situations. People may argue that some uneducated adults had to drop out of high school due to personal issues. This is true, but once the issue is resolved, they have the opportunity to go back to adult school and get a diploma. The uneducated people cause themselves to lose a few privileges in society due to their level of education. This makes sense as if uneducated people had the same privaleges as educated people, there would be no competition and no one would strive to work hard and get a better education.
The word “uneducated” is also commonly…

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