Essay about Growing Up This Quote By Malcom X

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Growing up this quote by Malcom X sets the tone for my attitude towards education. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” In today’s world, a higher education is the cornerstone of life. Regarding the debate of a liberal education over the years, I concur with Shorris and his points in “On the Uses of a Liberal Education as a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor” and want to qualify with Edmundson’s points in “On the Uses of a Liberal Education as Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students”. Edmundson used to think that a liberal education was beneficial for everyone and was originally for self-betterment. However, recently Edmundson suggests that liberal arts have changed their pedagogy and brings “a consumer weltanschauung to school”. While Shorris on the other hand who is unapologetically liberal believes liberal education can be “a weapon” for the poor if they are given the access to these tools. What Shorris means by this is a liberal education can be a pathway to politicize those under privileged via non-vocational academic discipline, the humanities. In the discussions of a liberal education, one controversial issue has been the culture wars over the decades.
On the one hand, Edmundson argues that colleges have been modified so that students treated as potential customers instead of truly learning things because they are essentially lackluster due to their privilege and lost their desire to learn.…

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