2.It cultivates ingenuity and critical thinking 

“It’s not about preparing students for a ‘job.’ It’s about creating citizens who design, create, support, and energize American ingenuity–ones who challenge mediocrity and rote mindless jobs just to make a profit for a few. NCLB dropped this nation into nothing more than a trivial pursuit labyrinth.” – Dr. Jan Jones, VIA Associates, Inc., Educational Consulting Services

“Getting an education is not just about finding a good job. I have always thought that a more important benefit of education is that it should teach you how to think critically. In a democratic society like the one we live in, you cannot be ignorant and survive. If you are ignorant, then you are subject to exploitation and manipulation. I am reminded of a line of one of the actors in the movie, The Great Debaters: ‘Education is the key to the light and the way out of darkness.’ Yes, education can open doors for you that might not otherwise have opened. However, learning how to think is equally important if you are to sustain yourself in a democratic and global society.” – Edward Owens, business instructor, North Houston Campus, Houston, Texas

3.It creates responsible citizens

“Secondary education is not just about jobs. To me, very important reasons include educating to be a responsible citizen with regard to civic and environmental issues, as well as educating to be a broadly knowledgeable person; and finally, to address the need for, and to develop habits associated with, the critical responsibility to practice lifelong learning. These, in the long run will be much more important to career/job success (and personal life fulfillment) than any learning and skills from secondary education.” – John Bennett, emeritus professor/associate dean, University of Connecticut

“In South Africa it is about much more than this. It is about correcting the wrongs of the past and entrepreneurship through learning and vocational courses. What happened to the value of education? It seems the mindset of South Africans needs to change and this is the difficult task.” – Benu Mukhopadhyay, Career Centre manager, TSiBA Education, Cape Town, South Africa