How A Student 's Upbringing Influences Their Motivation For Pursuing A Higher Level Education Beyond High School

805 Words Jun 13th, 2016 4 Pages
In his 2014 article for The Atlantic, Richard Simmons discusses how a student’s upbringing influences their motivation for pursuing a higher level education beyond high school. He argues that depending on your socioeconomic status, you will be taught different things about why you should pursue a college degree. According to Simmons, affluent students spend more time thinking about what they want to study or who they want to become, and are less focused on picking a degree of study that earns them more money. Conversely, poorer students worry about how much money they would be able to make more than what they want to study. Finally, Simmons states that society should stop putting emphasis on the monetary benefit of obtaining a college degree, and instead promote the intellectual benefit of learning at a college level. On one hand, I agree that different socioeconomic statuses in an individual’s upbringing affects what they are taught about being a member of society. On the other hand, I disagree with Simmons when he says a person should first and foremost attend school to grow intellectually. It is more important to earn a college degree in order for a person to be able to provide better for themselves and their family.

Growing up, I was always told that I needed to go to college so that I can get a good job and earn money to raise a family. I was never told that I needed to earn a degree so that I could become proficient in a certain subject. This upbringing…

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