Education should enable the individual to be self-sufficient . From education, a person should be able to think independently and critically. In today, world, education is the key to a successful career and a worthwhile life. Society demands that the person be techologically trained in order to survive in the white collar world.
As a college teacher, one of the first things that I tried to instill in my students is that individual classes offer the student a fund of knowledge, but the overall reason for coming to college is to learn to be a critical thinker. Learning to distill the truth from all the slathering of misinformation given in the media is necessary in order to form educated opinions. Being able to take an essay/article and decipher its message or claim is key to the well-educated person of the 21st century.