Education Vs Education

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There are many debates concerning why people are educated. Is it because they are forced? Is it because they feel like it is the right thing to do? Is it because they want to make a lot of money? Millions of people assume that citizens go to college in order to make a lot of money even if they are going for something that they do not actually love. That is not the case! Education is much more than money-making, for one spends thousands of dollars to get educated. In Reading to Write by Stephen King, Mother’s Tongue by Amy Tan, and Why Education by Lydia Hale, it is made clear that people are educated in order to be successful in their passion. On top of passion, education leads to a gain in power. There are many debates on why one gets educated; …show more content…
Those educated form high statuses causing them to be highly respected. This, in turn, gives these people power. Within the essay Reading to Write, King argues that reading is the intellectual substrate that allows for writing. In other words, if people reads, they will ultimately expand vocabulary, causing them to become more intelligent (King). With this in mind, if people speak using a wide-spread vocabulary, they are ultimately considered intelligent. Intelligence then leads to respect. Within this roadmap, it is portrayed that if one educates by reading, the person will gain power and respect. Consequently, if one is not educated, he/she tends to be treated very poorly. This disrespect is shown in both Mother’s Tongue and Why Education? In Amy Tan’s Mother’s Tongue, Tan alludes to many stories of her mom being disrespected because she spoke in “broken” english (Tan 364). For example, Tan tells a story of how her mother went to a hospital to get CAT results. Upon arrival, she found out that the results had been lost. The nurse would not take her seriously or give her any information until a follow up appointment. In the end, Tan--who spoke English well--talked to the nurse on the phone, and suddenly they “had assurances that the CAT scan would be found, promises that a conference call on Monday would be held,” etcetera (Tan 365). This story illustrates that because Tan’s mother could not speak English very well, she was not treated

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