Essay on The Value of a True Education
On the other end of the spectrum is David Foster Wallace: an accomplished author. He went through life in the lap of luxury as a star youth tennis player. College was simply the next step. He was blessed with an excellent liberal arts education through a sports scholarship and experienced massive success through his magnum opus- Infinite Jest. While Wallace experienced the classic ideal of higher education, his speech to Kenyon University graduates indicates his displeasure with his education and perhaps more importantly, his views on what people should get out of a good education. Here’s a hint: It’s not technical skills.
Both Rose and Wallace emphasize the importance of living a life not based on your educational merits, but on how you choose to view the world. Wallace repeatedly reminds us of how much we must fight to not be consumed by a belief that we are the only right person in the world- a belief that is reinforced by a life spent watching ourselves succeed in higher education. Soon, everyone begins to seem inferior by virtue of not meeting the