Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Higher education is important for future

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 15, 2013 at 7:16 p.m.

Higher education is an important tool in today's society. When we are faced with a global economy, we do ourselves and our children a great disservice if we are not equipped to compete.

But higher education is not an easy task. It takes drive and determination to earn a degree. That passion for learning and drive to improve oneself must begin inside each individual first or going to college is a waste of time.

We were excited to see the Victoria Independent School District elementary school campuses encouraging students to wear shirts from various higher education institutes. Many of the kids wore shirts affiliated with major Texas universities, such as the University of Texas or Texas A&M University, while others most likely wore the colors of the preferred university of their parents. But the main goal of this day was to encourage students to start thinking about college early.

By encouraging students to wear shirts supporting colleges or universities, the district is also raising student awareness of the schools themselves and, hopefully, fostering a desire to attend these schools in the future.

Continuing education past high school is an important goal anyone can profit from. Whether students attend an Ivy League university or attend a community college to learn a trade, each individual becomes an important piece of our society. It is true, not everyone is meant to be a doctor or scientist, but anyone can improve their skill set and their lives if they are willing to invest in their future through time and effort.

We applaud VISD and all of the elementary schools that took part in this effort to raise awareness of higher education in students. Every year, it is becoming more and more apparent that the United States is competing in a global marketplace and needs skilled, educated people to take the lead. By encouraging children to aspire for higher learning, we are preparing the next generation to be contenders and vision-oriented leaders who can make a difference in the U.S. and the world.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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