Does Education Matter? Is It Useful? Why or Why Not?

Does Education Matter? Is It Useful? Why or Why Not?

I’m sure all of us has had that thought. Mostly in high school when we begin to think for ourselves. It’s often said like “Man, why do I have to go to school, when am I ever going to use this in the future?”

High School and College, while they do fill people with information, is this information useful and necessary to our existence. The only thing employers care about is the piece of paper you bring and where is it from, the more expensive school the better.


  1. In a general sense, education is literally the single most useful thing I can think of for humans to have. Giving people access to more information is absolutely the best way to increase their standard of living, in so many different ways. History shows people that they are not the first nor the last, giving them a broader perspective on their own lives. Science gives people a way to explore and understand the world around them. Learning an artistic medium can ignite your creative impulses and give you a satisfying outlet for them.

    The specifics of how we go about educating people, however, could be better. The formal education system (which seems to be what you’re talking about) isn’t perfect anywhere in the world; but is it useless? No! While I disagree with many of the common methods (like the doctrine of emphasizing facts instead of the methods used to uncover them), I appreciate the spirit behind organized, widespread systems of education.

  2. A good society depends on good citizens. A good citizen is virtuous. Virtues are habituated. Education is an activity that habituates citizens to living virtuously. Education is necessary if you want a good society.

  3. Without education in science, religious superstitions dominate the worldview of the mass public. That alone should require a form of higher education. Also important is the institution itself. If nobody sought higher learning, we may tenably not have such a thing. Collegiate institutions in a way are the keepers of knowledge, preserving it for generations. The continued teaching of subjects has ensured that that knowledge survive the ravages of time. How it is utilized tells you whether or not it is “useful” but overall, knowledge and higher learning certainly qualifies a person for a higher standard of living. I would suggest reading up on the Enlightenment.

  4. There are many different kinds of education and educational styles. The standard public education that one receives in the United States is hardly an education that is conducive for instilling the qualities of critical thinking and analysis or for stoking human curiosity. The question I feel that you are really asking is, rather, “Is modern American public education useful?” I feel that the other questions underlying this is, “What is the purpose of education? What does it mean to be educated? What are the criteria for defining a proper education?”

  5. Absolutely. Granted you don’t believe in God or the afterlife, knowledge is the only eternal thing we have. Money, possessions, trophy wives, all are finite. Knowledge is the only thing that does not die when we do, for it can be passed on for eternity.

  6. School ‘should/will’ train your brain to think by giving you the skills to research, learn, and understand the world about you.

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