Why Do You Think Higher Education is Necessary?

Why Do You Think Higher Education is Necessary?

High school graduation is something most young people look forward to – not just because it’s an accomplishment, but also because of the freedom it brings. No more school! No more 6 a.m. alarm clock, no more hall passes, no more homework. Sure, entering the work force will entail a schedule, but it’ll be different than school – there’s a paycheck involved, and no classes to sit through.

Many young people develop a negative attitude toward education. Though schools vary, this is likely because there is limited freedom and self-direction in middle and high school. While there may be elective courses students can choose, much of secondary school can feel more like an obligation or chore than a choice. This may be due to the fact that many curriculums are pre-established, many classes are chosen for students and many assignments come with rigid guidelines that don’t leave much room for creativity. It’s an educational circumstance that most of us push through because we know a high school diploma is important.

It’s no wonder, then, that many young people are tempted to consider their high school graduation day the end of their educational careers. But we at Good Choices Good Life want to encourage young people to carefully consider their higher education opportunities. The schools and programs offer much greater freedom to students. While there are required courses, there is a tremendous amount of choice involved – the initial choice to continue your education, the choice of which program to enter and the choice of where to go. It’s important to make the most of your secondary education (see our article series Driven to Learn for tips on this), but we also want you to get excited about the greater opportunities for growth and development that comes after.

Most young people face important questions as they approach this point in life. Why continue your education beyond high school? What options are available? In this article series, we’ll delve into these, as well as other considerations young people should keep in mind when choosing an educational program, a school or an academic plan for their life.

Different Purposes

Higher education serves many purposes, only some of which are emphasized in our culture. Because we as a society don’t acknowledge the full span of reasons for pursuing education after high school, some young people may think it’s not for them and, therefore, miss out on many of the potential benefits that such an educational experience provides. Below, we’ll look at some well-known and not-so-well-known purposes the various forms of higher education may serve – from vocational schools and certificate programs to Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs. It’s not just about learning; it’s about the opportunity for further personal development as well.

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