On the negative or less optimistic side, it seems to be universally accepted that college education is a good thing; however, thousands of colleges and millions of students spend vast amounts of time and money chasing some sort of degree, diploma or certificate. But what is the value of these qualifications? Most college students (me included) gets brainwashed or sidetracked by administrators of education. They make it seems as though having a college education is the only way doors will open for students. Certificates, diplomas, and degrees are held up as a status symbol and the key to money, power and success. However, the truly powerful are not those with degrees, but people who stand back and look at what is really important in life. These people are found in every part of society. Take my present boss for instance, Carol Levine. Carol never attended college; she actually was a high school drop out who eventually went on to receiving her GED. Today she is the general manager for a fortune 500 company which is also one of Florida's number one title insurance corporations. Not only my boss has had such luck, many brilliant people in history did not have college educations. Take Einstein for instance, he was a weak math student. Even Bill Gates never completed college, or what about Edison who never even went to school. Similarly, many of the world's political leaders do not have master's degrees or doctorates, mostly prime ministers in the Caribbean and in Europe and even some of our very own republican and democratic members in our US House of Representative. Students in college are being sold an illusion. They are made to believe that self-understanding and society approval will only come with the achievement of a piece of paper. Education is now something that can be purchased. Like a powerful new car or a newly built house, a college degree has become a luxury that everyone wants. But when everybody has something, that thing becomes worthless. Education is becoming devalued as more people have degrees. It takes much higher qualifications to get a job. Once upon a time a degree-holder
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. There are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions and pass them on. It is our responsibility to leave the men of the future a free hand. In the impetuous youth of humanity, we can make grave errors that can stunt our growth for a long time. This we will do if we say we have the answers now, so young and ignorant; if we suppress all discussion, all criticism, saying, "This is it, boys, man is saved!" and thus doom man for a long time to the chains of authority, confined to the limits of our present imagination. It has been done so many times before. It is our responsibility as scientists, knowing the great progress and great value of a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, the great progress that is the fruit of freedom of thought, to proclaim the value of this freedom, to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed, and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming generations.