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Life without an education
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By Erin Pennington

Ms. Pennington is a full-time teacher in the Carmi-White County School District. Her degree is in Secondary Education English and she has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She has lived in Carmi with her daughter Taylor since the year ...

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Ms. Pennington is a full-time teacher in the Carmi-White County School District. Her degree is in Secondary Education English and she has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She has lived in Carmi with her daughter Taylor since the year 2000.

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By Erin Pennington
Oct. 11, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Up to 25 years ago, it was possible to secure a decent paying job without an education. I dare say that those days are over. It takes two people with an education and average to above average incomes to have anything in life. As the price of all products continues to go up, minimum wage will not offer enough allowance for survival.

  The average house price in the U.S. this year was $230,500 with the down payment being   $23,000-58,000. I hear you saying, “Just buy a cheaper house.”  Of course that is an easy solution, but the point is…how could someone on minimum wage ever hope to own a house?

Teaching in a high school environment is often frustrating, because many students are apathetic to learning and cannot see the value of an education. Those that do not want to go on to college think they will “marry well”, or go work in the oil fields, or coal mines, to make a living. First of all, someone that is educated is not typically going to marry someone out of their social class that is not educated. It is seldom that someone of a high education and income would marry someone with no education and a low income. Furthermore, while the coal mines and oil business are seen as the “golden eggs” in our rural society, the boys that go into that line of work are unaware of the danger and risks involved. Plus, they neglect to realize that those jobs are hard labor. Labor jobs are not for those without a serious work ethic.

I feel for young people just starting out in life. Unless they have help from a family member, their first 10-15 years will be a struggle just trying to make a go of things. Yet, it seems like the very kids I preach education to are sometimes still the first in their family to graduate from high school. Let alone receive a college degree.  I come from a pro-education environment, where education was touted as the key to a better life and existence. I believe in what having an education can do for you, versus not. We all struggle in some way, but some have hardships worse than others, because of the choices they have made.

 

 

 

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