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Throughout history, society has based their hierarchy on the feudal system. Feudalism is a system of governing the people; the method was usually of landholding. An example of the feudal pyramid can be seen throughout the middle ages. The wealthiest person, who was usually the king, would be placed at the top of the pyramid. Likewise the vassal, who was the poorest among them all, would be positioned at the bottom of the pyramid. A peasant was not part of the feudal system; only those from nobility could be part of it. In order to be part of the feudal system, one would need land and money. Basically, money has been the fundamental principle of society and prestige. For this purpose, we must go forward and help with the growth of our society. To do this, we must educate ourselves. Education would help society to move away from the unfair practices of the past and move on into the more sensible future. That is why education is a must these days. It is not only enough to learn the basics of education, but we would need to higher our education. The need for higher education is necessary to help improve society.
As said previously, money and riches was the only way to beat the top in the social structure. This social class was usually inherited so it was almost impossible to advance in the feudal pyramid: especially for the peasants. Most peasants were serfs, which meant that they were born into slavery and therefore could not leave the land. The serfs usually spent their whole lifetime working on their lord's land. A lord, usually king, granted land to his vassals for protection in exchange for certain obligations. This system continued for many centuries and many variations were created form it. But during that time span, many struggles occurred between the king and nobles. Each party was power hungry and would not be satisfied until they were the richer than the other. Horace Mann discusses the situation between the poor and the wealth and how education could beneifit both the parties:
Now, surely, nothing but Universal Education can counter-work this tendency to the domination of capital and the servility of labor. If one class possesses all the wealth and the education, while the residue of society is ignorant and poor, it matters not by what name the relation between them may be called. (2)
With education, there would be no more reason for so much fighting and warfare. Education, as Horace Mann says, "gives each man the independence and the means, by which he can resist the selfishness of other men" (2). This is true and can be seen in the actions of the peasants and nobility. With a higher education, we would be able to have a diplomatic point of stand and would be able to come to a compromise. Education equalizes the status of men and "is the balance- wheel of the social machinery. (Mann 2)" Man would be equal in status and thought which is more important than any material things.
Moving on to the year 2009, during his presidency, President Obama also addressed the issue of education. In fact, the increased dropout rates will lead America to an "economic decline. (Field 2)" In response to this dilemma, President Obama asked those who have stopped attending school to continue at least one year of higher education. He uses Serena Baker as an exemplary role model to those who have dropped out of school:
Baker, 28 and a mother of four, traded in her job as a part-time casher for a job as a medical assistant. All this took was for her to attend a 13-month program at her local community college. (Field 1)"
If the majority of Americans are willing to participate, the employment rate will rise. Hopefully, the higher education will trigger the employment rate and the salary of the educated worker, which will then in turn help the economy. Of course, the schedule of an American citizen can be quite hectic. So that is why online courses are also available. However, this goal will not be possible if the citizens of American are not willing to abide by it. Serene Baker says, "the president's goal for the country is realistic, at least for those who aspire to it. (Field 5)" It will take a huge amount of seriousness and dedication to enroll in school.
The point of history is so that we can learn form it and not relive the past; and this is exactly what we are doing. We are bettering ourselves with the proper education in hopes of improving our society. No longer do we live in the past with the medieval methods, but we, as a continent have matured our ways of thinking because of the proper education that we received. A higher education has benefited our society and if we keep continuing our education, we can improve the flaws in society. That is why a higher education is necessary to participate in society. Our society may not be perfect at the moment, but that just gives us all the more reason to get educated.