Those who say “value your education” (as every one of us has heard at least once in our lives), are either credited or not due to their respective audiences. But I don’t see it that way
From my experience in college, you can take the route like the days in high school, doing your work, trying to get by, your grades are nothing more than letters in which your parents either congratulate or reproach you for, or, you can take the route of valuing your education and knowledge beyond the borders of class, applying to social situations, and future endeavors. The latter is what should be valued and taught in school, while the former is what our education system has brought upon us.
In higher education atmospheres, there are two kinds of people. Those who want to work within the system, those who say things like “that learning will never help in the real world,” or “take classes that matter,” and then there’s the kind of people who are taking control of the system. Those who will take philosophy or psychology classes, or a single class for that matter, and bring out the world with them. Meaning, ideas and inspirations to truly understand the bigger truths of lives. Not their will to power, as Nietzsche once asserted, but their will to truth, in which he tried, without ease or simplicity, to refute. The truth is what is in store for all of us, to live our lives with the least amount of satisfaction, because complete comfort can never be achieved (asserted by von Mises), which is the opposite thinking of the fallacy of socialism.
Reformation in the education system in America, and eventually the world, needs to be a first and foremost priority, in order to raise consciousness of a world in which we can live peaceably, effectively, and respectfully. The problems lie deeper within that of the “No Child Left Behind Act,” and requires much knowledge and analytical skill to even contemplate. I won’t offer solutions as of yet, but I’d like to bring a few minds together, and create ideas and brainstorm, and create a movement that can and will change the world as we know it.