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Jack's 2nd College Essay

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Posted by Jack McGee on June 22, 2001 06:02:11 UTC

Jack McGee > McGee I.
English 1001
Dr. Robert Funk
22 June, 2001
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Reading, Writing and Worker's Shifts
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The notion of education being essential to success in the workplace
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strikes me as a short-sited one. In my experience as a "plague-bearer", or
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representative of the " Rat Race ", I often found that people of all walks of
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life found occupations with little or no requirement of any proof of
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education. And it's true that I often worked along-side these very individuals.
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Many seemed much more content operating in their riggid little piece of
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society than I did- I being the educated one.
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In order to demote education as a prime suspect for the procreation of
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success, we first have to define the word " success ". The original term ,as
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denoted in Webster's English Dictionary ,states that success indicates the
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accumulation of wealth and/or achieving a favorable result. However, in
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today's compromising society , we find the word " success " evolving into
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something more fundamental- happiness. " Happiness " can be broken down
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much further when we evaluate how that happiness was reached, and also
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what the effects , whether good or bad , of one's personal happiness are in
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the context of their enviroment.
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For instance, if I were to kick the winning point for my team's division
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> > McGee II.
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championship, and that feat of athletic ability was in fact, brought on by the
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lactic-reducing steroids my dedicated coach administered to me before the
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game, then that act would not be a total success. We see this very situation
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projected by popular culture all the time. And as we know, popular culture
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is often a major influence of the population's " popular " opinion, if not a
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true indicator in itself. Have you ever seen " Varsity Blues " ? In the very
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climax of the film, players must decide whether or not they will continue on
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after half-time ,based on the purpose and principals they chose to play the
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sport in the first place ,instead of the dishonorable alteriors of their ruthless
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leader. Success is all about winning, but winning for one's own self in
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consideration of others.
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Now that you and I have come to an understanding of what success
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means to the average joe, alow me to illustrate how education, for the most
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part, has nothing to do with attaining it. Having just graduated highschool,
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I certainly can tell you the majority of my classmates was not at all motivated
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or enlightened by the goals reached within their curriculum. Some of these
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fine students were in the top twenty of ninety-one students. However, when
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the time came for anchoring down , the occupations they found themselves
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in required nothing of which the self-sacrifice of 4 years had brought them.
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In many situations, simple instruction on the correct sequence of register
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buttons to be pushed was the only " education " needed to rake in a
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steady pay-check. In the circumstances of of getting a steady paycheck,
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and the reciever of that paycheck using it primarily to provide entertainment
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away from the register, I'd say this person has been successfull in her job,
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wouldn't you? Having completed the simple tasks assigned to her demanded
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no formal study, and at the same time it suits his personal interests, feeding
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the cycle again. Under non-extenuating circumstances, we will agree then,
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that he remains happy as long as the work he endures equates the joy he
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recieves in effect of doing it. Education had nothing to do with his being
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happy or constructive in the vocation.
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On the other hand, there are several instances of accomplished
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professionals where no success lingers, no motivation at all to provide
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either good habits and performance or pleasure involved in their
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work. I know of a computer programmer, whom it took 6 years to complete
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his degree. Knowing him all my life, I understood the dedication he pushed
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for in his extensive education. Ironically, all of the effort put into his
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career was decidedly irrelevant when it came to his overall job efficiency.
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Not to mention, my buddy really looked like hell when I had him over for
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a weekend on occasion. Very plainly, he just wasn't enjoying his job.
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Success had not been on the agenda. Apparently , the one-hundred and
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eighty hours my friend took to complete his degree were all dedicated to
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pleasing his diluted parents. So, one can extract from this example, that
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education had anything to do with producing success in this fellow's
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work enviroment. Although much learning was required for the duties
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assigned, absolutely nothing constructive or self-gratifying came from it.
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People often assume that an educated person is more likely to
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live a " successfull " life. I will admit, in some cases, that this holds true.
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In truth, the vast percentages of successfull persons are raised in a much
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more simple fashion. They remain isolated from the spoils of technology.
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As educated individuals tend to have more money, they also tend to
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indulge themselves in the pleasures money can buy. This includes
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superficial and purely entertaining endeavors. This is in contrast with the
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mellow and humble upbringings of the poor and more probable uneducated
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sects. This simple lifestyle demands low expectations, thus it is easier for
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their existences to be fullfilled. They succeed easily, which is why more
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of them do in comparison with more educated persons.
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The Shakers of coastal Maine leave us with a fine depiction of the
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previous explanation : As a boy in a communal grows up, he remains
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constantly surrounded by his family. The influential violences of T.V. ,
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video games, and corrupt neighborhood kids do not plague this young
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blood's world. Instead he is opened to long days of revolutionary
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prayer practices and song. When he matures, the boy will be expected to
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provide for the community. This is would be carried our by simple tasks
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such as cropping and elementary carpentry. He may never have a chance
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to study elementary arithmatic, or memorize the forty-three presidents, but
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the labor his daily work commands of him is cost-effective, so to speak.
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As I've pointed out, people from all walks of life can achieve success
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through their occupations regardless of how much academic strength they
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have. Deriving a " favorable result " from a salary is not the responsiblity of
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one's mind, but a task of the heart. To rely on one's education for the
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promotion of success during the course of a career would be a mistake.
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If this system were being utilized, we would have legions of horribly
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depressed Ph.D's roaming the country side. At least we have the lack of
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ambition to save us from such a disaster.
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(Sorry, but something scares me the way paragraph
formation was twisted and conjiled once I copyed
this .doc stuff to HTML )

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