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Christopher SheffieldEnglish 1102Dr Lamb04 Setember 2013Reading ResponseIn his article Education Democracy and The Life Worth Living author Mike Kingwell asserts his idea that college education should involve more than job training and preparedness Kingwell supports this idea by quoting a few studies and a large amount of conjecture The apparent purpose of this article is to convince students to take philosophy andor other expensive and unnecessary classes The intended audience seems to be either prospective students andor fellow university faculty or staffWhile reading this article I became quite agitated and upset with the way the author asserts that students essentially do not know what they need The author comes across as pretentious and entitled I completely disagree with most if not all of Kingwells assertions Additionally the article is not written in MLA format and while citing the results of studies it gives no information about the credibility of said studiesI agree with the statement A university education must be judged according to its ultimate usefulness 239 How does an additional focus in humanities increase any economic potential While a general education degree will make available more opportunities than a high school diploma alone most employers do not want these types of educations The large majority of careers that require some type of higher education typically require specialized degrees in the specific field of interest The fact is that in todays modern society having taken additional humanities classes will likely make little to no impression on a potential employer Kingwell seems to fail to realize that many university students are pursuing their degree on their own dime and dollar this requires them to be more pragmatic in planning how to earn their first degree Kingwell quotes Aristotle usefulness is not virtue 243 at the same time states 50 percent of Canadian arts and science grads are working jobs that dont require a university
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