College Education Purpose
Before World War II, attending college was a privilege, usually reserved for the upper class, but, in today’s society scholarships, grants, and loans are available to the average student which has made pursuing a college education a social norm. Norms are usually good, they help keep society run in an organized manner by sharing common rules and values. But, when pursuing a college education becomes a norm, it does more destruction than good. For a lot of students, a major reason for attending college is because their parents tell them it’s the thing to do to become successful in life.
These eighteen year olds who had virtually no say in what they wanted to study in high school are now ask “ what is
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As a philosopher, Socrates focused on the self and its relation to the universe. He was also concerned with questions like what is the good life and how could it be obtained? He believed that “through the proper development of the mind in its pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness that the goal and purpose of human life can be achieved.” So, Socrates’ pursuit of knowledge was based on a spiritual rather than an economic fulfillment. He passed that kind of philosophy onto his most famous student, Plato. Plato established an academy of education where they focused on research in science and also the study of philosophy. He wrote several books which were devoted to Socrates’ ideas of the world. The Republic, was one of these books that dealt with the topic of society and what it would take to establish a good efficient government. The big question ultimately centered on education. He believed that philosophers should rule society because they have a vast span of knowledge of the world around them. So, you can see how the pursuit of knowledge was central to the Greek society. Now lets look at today’s society and how higher education fits into it. In today’s society we are driven to fulfill our personal needs over that of the community, or at least, that is what we are lead to believe. We are made to believe that if we have a job that would enable us to buy a couple of new cars, a nice house, and receive a