Editor: Every day I am looking forward to see how editorial cartoonist Greg Perry’s awesome humour will surprise the readers of The Guardian. Well Greg, your June 2 humour hit below the belt. Your rendition of the value of education is appalling.
In the 1960s, when attending the University of Michigan, many of my professors openly admitted that they never expected to go to university. However, in the 1930s they could not get a job. Many families decided to keep their offspring in school. True, education was less costly then.
By the time of the 1960s they had very important, senior professorships at the best universities in the United States.
Knowledge is always preferred to ignorance. I speak a bunch of languages, and always wanted to combine my job with the use of some of these languages. I had to wait 33 years before my dream came true.
I represented a Canadian corporation doing the reconstruction on a 400-room hotel in Moscow. Later, I lectured at the Lomonosov University in Moscow on the legal requirements for a balance sheet, accounts receivable and credit management.
In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, I co-wrote privatization laws, real property laws, rules for the establishment of a commodities market. I became director of operations in Budapest for the regional environmental centre, which was co-funded by Canada, the U.S. and many EU countries and Japan. All because I never gave up learning.
This is to the new graduates: Your investment in knowledge will always bring dividends. It may not be immediate cash, but your world will be larger and you will find your place in the world with your education easier than without. Don’t ever let the turkeys get you down.
Judith L. Bezeredi,