Education And Literature

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What does education really mean? Education can have several different means, depending on how people view education. “When we are seeking education, are we looking for knowledge, wisdom, skills, or all three?” (“Education”). Learning the basic concepts and showing passion and trying harder for specific study or subject shows education. First, learning basic concepts throughout school helps people succeed later in life. Being able to read and interpret what the author says is a crucial skill in life. Being able to understand complex and foreign words by using context clues can help throughout life. Some high schools do not teach their students how to understand what the author says in their books and what the actually concept of the book tells…show more content…
The books that high school students read during class do not serve the correct purpose to the students. Students should read more complicated books. “ Great novels can help us master the all-too-rare skills of tolerating- of being able to hold in mind- ambiguity and contradiction” (Prose). Prose basically says that if the books that high school students read were more complicated, they would consider being more open minded to different concepts and interpret the author’s words more closely. In the article, “Superman and Me,” Sherman J. Alexie Jr., a writer that graduated from Washington State University, wrote, “ I loved those books, but I also knew that love had only one purpose. I was trying to save my life.” By learning to read and have a passion of books, Alexie saved his own life by understanding the concept of books and making a lifestyle from…show more content…
In the article, “From Education,” Ralph Waldo Emerson, America’s most influential thinker and writer, wrote, “It is chosen and foreordained, and he only holds the key to his own secret.” Emerson says that students hold their own success to their futures. Students that find a passion find learning more about their passion interesting and show eagerness for education themselves. Also, having support from family and peers about their passion makes them even more eager to learn and explore new ideas. In the article, “Best In Class,” Margaret Talbot, a writer for cultural politics and editor at Lingua Franca and New Republic, wrote, “Students who fill their schedules with A.P. classes, as the ambitious ones tend to do, can end up with G.P.A.s well above 4.0.” In that sentence, those students that signed up for the A.P. classes show passion for their grade point average and went to achieve the highest G.P.A. as possible. This also shows that the students try very hard to excel at school. In the article, “School,” Kyoko Mori, author and lecturer, wrote, “ There is nothing intrinsically wrong with trying harder.” In her article, she talks about the Japanese education system and how the teachers never helped students improve. The teachers wanted the students to figure out what the mistakes were and to fix them on their own, so they wanted the students to try hard. In all three of these
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