Uses of a College Education
Is there really a difference between common sense and book sense? In general, common sense is that sixth sense or that survival intuition that has been given to every animal on earth. Therefore, common sense is literally an instinct or an advanced understanding about one’s surroundings. Many people think of common sense as intuition or wisdom that
comes from living a life that exposes one to many different experiences and circumstances. On the other hand, book sense can be derived from the same experiences and circumstances as common sense, but there is a difference. Book sense is learning and analyzing other people’s intuition or wisdom. Many of the courses we learn in college are not based on our individual experiences or circumstances. A college education comprises of other people’s insights, wisdom, and intuition about the world and how things work in this world.
Many people believe that college is not for everyone. They believe that knowing and learning about life cannot be gained by reading books. In the meantime, there are many people who believe that college does prepare students for the real world. They believe college offers students valuable tools that will equip them for the real world. For instance, open classrooms where students can engage in stimulating conversations prepare students for professions that pay people who can think fast and come up with creative ideas for their companies. Moreover, professors assign homework, exams, and papers to stimulate thinking and prepare students for deadlines and job assignments. However, college may prepare students for the professional world, but does it really prepare students for the real world. The purpose of this essay is to compare two case analyses to offer an explanation on the significance of an undergraduate university education.
There were two men. One of the men lived in the projects. He was born and reared in urban Chicago. He lived a life that many people popularized through music and on television. He was exposed to drugs, prostitution, destitution, and crime. He barely finished high school because he had to work to support his family. His everyday life consisted of dodging bullets and keeping his family together. He was a proud man, and he worked very hard to keep his family together. The streets he came from were mean and hard, but he survived them. He had...