Education Editorial//photo courtesy of Flickr

By: Leshay Jones, Editor in Chief.

Education is important. I mean, why else would we all be here working our behinds off in order to graduate, to move on and to live the best life that we can?

My entire life, my parents have stressed the importance of education to me. I have not always been serious about school. It wasn’t until I entered high school that I started to take my education very seriously.

It seems that the older we get, the more we realize how important it is to have an education. Whether we want to believe it or not, education is one of the major keys to success.

Nowadays, it is extremely hard to get a decent job without some kind of degree. Managers and CEOs want people who know what they are doing and have experience.

We all know this deep down; otherwise, we wouldn’t be here right now, struggling to pass our midterms.

A lot of people like to use the words “school” and “education” interchangeably. You’ve probably heard “school is important” and “education is important” in the same lecture given by your parents and teachers.

Yes, both are indeed important, but I have come to the realization that school is not for everyone. Therefore, not everyone needs school.

During my two years at Bergen Community College, I have met people who believe that they are not cut out for college. A friend of mine left Bergen to travel and she has come across some fruitful knowledge that one may not get in a classroom.

Just because she is not sitting in a threehour biology lecture, does not mean that she is not getting an education.

With that being said, the classroom is also a very fruitful experience. We learn new things every day, even if all of it is not applicable to our everyday lives.

Education is something that has been very important to the people of this county for a long time. There have been leaders who have tried to build the best education programs for children, especially in the public education system.

There are people who have worked extremely hard to help make the public education better for students.

It does not help that President Trump decided to appoint someone as the Secretary of Education who has never set foot in the public education system.

Betsy DeVos is currently the Secretary of Education and is already making drastic changes that arguably rids of the progress that we have made.

In September, DeVos discarded a part of the government’s policy of campus sexual assault that makes it easier for someone accused of sexual assault to get away with it.

It seems to me like Trump and his administration are so focused on undoing the Obama-era, they have disregard how their changes will affect millions of people and not necessarily for the better.