It is to be feared that getting a degree is too many students the chief advantage of having a university education. To have the right of putting the magic letters B.A and M.A., B.Sc. or M.Sc. after their names will, they think to give them a better chance of securing respectable posts. No doubt this is true; but if a degree is all a young man gets out of a course at a university college, he has missed the most valuable gifts which an education is meant to give him.
Education and us:
What is the main object of any education? The word “education” is derived from a Latin word meaning “to draw out”; and true education is the drawing-out of the mental faculties, not a mere “putting–in” of so much knowledge. An educated man is not so much a man who knows a large number of facts as a man of intelligence has been awakened, and whose latent powers of observation, reasoning, and thought have been trained. Unless he means to be a teacher, a student may sometimes wonder of what practical use in after life will be some of the subjects he studies at college.