Is education the only way to achieve success in life?
We live in a society that thrives in identifying and categorizing people using wrong judgmental aspects rather than first finding out who the individual is. The community likes stereotyping individuals. The generalized beliefs may not always reflect the reality accurately. It is common in the society to accept that any person who has not gone through a system of education is foolish. Does lacking an education mean that an individual is useless and will never amount to anything in life? Does a person who has not gone through a system of education not be able to perform other duties and do it even better? The society tends to label people according to some already perceived ranks. This labeling puts people in classes that they do not belong, and it discourages individuals killing their morale. Having little or no education at all does not mean that an individual is a lesser of a person. Having no degree ‘good’ education does not necessarily imply that an individual is useless or will never succeed in life; getting academic papers only indicate achievement and not reveal ambitions or an individual’s character. Some people can achieve without the papers while there are those who fail with the papers.
History has proved this right. Some people succeeded in life with no high school or college degree. Lack of education documents does not signify that a person is incapable, un-ambitious or unintelligent. With motivation and ambition, anyone can succeed. In the text of Mike Rose entitled “Blue-Collar Brilliance,” Blue collar personnel are the backbone of U.S workforce. The author thinks that it is inappropriate to regard blue collar jobs as mindless jobs but should instead be acknowledged because they indeed require a higher amount of intelligence and skill. He challenges the opinion that a person’s intelligence can be measured regarding the amount of education a person has accomplished.
The same amount of intelligence required for those employments that require academic papers such as diploma certificate is equivalent to the amount of knowledge needed for Blue Collar jobs; therefore, they should be recognized for their job. Mike Rose in his text, “Blue-Collar Brilliance”, opposes the hypothesis that “Intelligence is closely associated with formal education” . Even if the assumption has been accepted over the years, the author thinks that more studies happen in the blue collar place of work than what the world has given credit to. I too accept the argument of Mike Rose that the world time and again defines the intelligence of a person based on class performance or school grades, yet the blue-collar workers acquire their skills and intelligence at the pace of work through appropriate planning, social interactions, and problem-solving. The workers at the blue collar jobs are frequently faced with fresh challenges every day, in the middle of demanding schedules, which require immediate solution. This type of workers gets their intelligence, skills, and wisdom from social and technological dynamics of their workplace.