I really don't think I'll ever understand the mentality that ridicules higher education, or education in general.
I get a kick out of the "you and yer fancy book-learnin'!" crowd. That seems a little short-sighted, mean-spirited, and ill-tempered (much like the ill-tempered sea bass in the first Austin Powers movie) to me, and goes back to what I wrote earlier today about self-sabotage. I suppose that if you want to be your own worst enemy and not bother learning about new things, that's your prerogative, but...why? I just don't get it.
I don't disparage those who weren't able to further their education--or even finish it. Someone very near and dear in my family was unable to finish high school due to family circumstances. But the important thing is that they did not stop learning, and reading, and trying to gain knowledge on various subjects and topics. However, I don't understand why someone would deride us for having our degrees. Gee...sorry I got a diploma. My bad.
I would think that we would all want to promote education and learning, whether for ourselves or for our children. It doesn't mean that we have to go back to school and take classes, but don't turn off your brain because you aren't in school! Ridiculing those who have furthered their education--there's that fancy book-learnin' again--is just plain silly and I don't get the purpose of it. Envy? Ill will? Just plain hatred? What is the point?
We're in dire straits, not just in our country, but in the world. We would be much better off if we would encourage education and promote learning, rather than approaching such efforts with derision and contempt, and work towards making higher education affordable and available to all.
My pal Lori over at Dusty Pages has another journal called I Stand Corrected, and it's a shared one. I appreciate her efforts in encouraging good writing--it's so frustrating to see a headline in the newspaper that is poorly written! I know that email and journal-writing is much more relaxed than formal writing, but if you're thinking about formal writing, you might find some good tips there. The same goes for business writing--I've read letters and memos from management that made me think, "What? This is horrible!"
Sometimes I wonder if this even matters anymore. Does it? Or are people like me and Lori nothing more than dinosaurs?
And be careful how you answer that!!