No university degree = meaningless life?
I once spoke to a teacher (I'll call him Sean) who taught for a number of years at a school where most of the students weren't academically inclined.
He shared with me the sense of helplessness he felt.
"I knew that few of my students would attend university, so for most of them, their lives would never amount to much," Sean explained matter-of-factly.
I was stunned.
Did I actually hear a teacher say that a person's worth in life is primarily based on whether he or she receives a university degree?
Did Sean really believe that you need to be a university graduate in order for your life to "amount to something"?
Please don't misunderstand; I think that education is important and that tertiary education can be an enriching experience. But your success or failure in life isn't defined by what certificates, diplomas or degrees you've been awarded. Far from it!
Sean's words rang in my head again and again over the next few days.
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