Is It Meaningful to Receive College Education?
Given the fact that many college students havedifficulties in finding jobs in the recent,thousands ofhigh school students are reported to refuse to takethe National College Entrance Examination.The newsseems so convincing that many students, theirparents,and the society reach the conclusion thatreceiving college education is a waste of time andmoney. Undoubtedly, these students can earn some money working in big cities or runningtheir own business in the near future.However, I am of opinion that this view is myopic,which isto the detriment of personal development and China’s overall growth in the long term.
Firstly, in terms of personal development, university is not a vocational training center despitethe factthat a university diploma indicates graduates are more likely to find decent jobs.Instead, university is a place for personal cultivation and improvement. In universities,students will learn to find their real interests,perfect their personality, and form right outlookstoward the world.Furthermore, students will learn to gather, analyze, and evaluate informationso that they can resolve problems in their lives. For those who are suspicious of the value ofhigher learning to some extent, they can be regarded as plutolatry.They worship money andbelieve that money is everything in their lives.
Secondly, in terms of national growth,the advancement of a nation is characterized by itsgreatness of high education.In this sense, universities are the centers of research andacademic exploration.Take the United States for instance.Among the top 100 universities inthe world,the majority of them are located in theUnited States.The advancement of US higheducation is indicative of the fact that those universities produce the most Nobel Prizelaureates in comparison with other countries.American universities also turn out to be amagnet for most smart students around the world.Those universities contribute tremendousshare to the US’ growth through scientific and technological support.
In China, if the belief that receiving college education is a waste of time and money can not becorrectedin time, it is inevitable that China can only reap short-term GDP growth but will bedeprived of opportunity to become a competitive international players in the long run, for thehuman resource will be drained eventually.
In sum, receiving college education will benefit both individual and the country.Indicative of thedire job market for college graduates is not the uselessness of college education.Instead,college education means we should study harder to make a full preparation for the future.