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One of the first places people become educated literately is school. Starting out with ABC’s and numbers then advancing to essays and algebra as their education furthers.
Advancing in education is important to the money a person can make. According to the US department of Labor, the median salary of a person with a master’s degree is $55,300, a bachelor’s degree is $46,300, an associate’s degree is $35,400 and a high school graduate makes approximately $28,000. So just from these figures, one can see that education plays a role in the income a person can earn.
The more education a person gets the chance of actually getting a job also increases. According to the U.S. department of labor an individual with a master’s degree has only 1.6% chance of being unemployed compared to a high school graduate who has a 3.5% chance of being unemployed. From these statistic’s one can see that higher education can mean greater opportunity and greater reward.
Critics against school such as John Taylor Gatto suggest that George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, “were not products of a school system, and not one of them was ever “graduated” from a secondary school” (153). That statement may not be completely true since Benjamin Franklin attended grammar school until he was eight, George Washington did receive an elementary school education, and Thomas Jefferson graduated from the College of William and Mary. The 1700’s were also a different time. Today’s world is more complex with computers, vehicles and a large variety of jobs that require educated, literate workers. However there are exceptions to the rule such as Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, who dropped out of college to create Microsoft.
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