Financial Security as the Goal of Education

by Mr. Sheehy

When administrators, counselors, and teachers repeat again and again that a college degree will alleviate economic hardship, they don’t mean to suggest that there is no other point to higher education. Yet by focusing on this one potential benefit, educators risk distracting them from the others, emphasizing the value of the fruits of their academic labor and skipping past the importance of the labor itself. The message is that intellectual curiosity plays second fiddle to financial security.

While Andrew Simmons’s article in The Atlantic focuses upon how this attitude effects students from a lower socioeconomic background, I seriously wonder if this happens much more broadly across our educational system.