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focus • an edge to • a burden
geared • room
  1. The event is toward getting people interested in the school.
  2. She studies Latin American politics, but her is Ecuador.
  3. The economy is so bad right now that you really need find a good job.
  4. Having a pet can be kind of in your life.
  5. I don't if there is for both piano and karate in your schedule.
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562 Is Education Useful?

Jeff and Todd talk about higher education and what it is worth.

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focus

International Tourism, that's my focus.

Your 'focus' is your area of interest or where you direct the most effort.  We usually use this to refer to the topic of a report or an area of study.  Notice the following:

  1. His focus was saving money, but he didn't see that his plan was not practical.
  2. I want the focus of your report to be a solution to the problem.

need an edge

In today's world, you need an edge to get a job.

In terms of jobs, 'need an edge' refers to needing to have a skill or ability that nobody else has to help you get noticed, something that makes you a superior choice for a particular position.  Notice the following:

  1. She is a good singer, but she will need more of an edge to get noticed.
  2. He started doing volunteer work, because he knew he would need an edge to get a job in the architectural company.

burden

They say education is not a burden.

A 'burden' is  problem or something that holds you down and doesn't allow you to move forward, metaphorically speaking.  Notice the following:

  1. Although she was very qualified for the position, her age was a huge burden.
  2. They discovered that having a big house to maintain was an enormous burden.

geared

Most education systems are geared actually just to make money.

In this example 'geared' could be replaced by 'designed.'  The intention of the education system is to make money.  Notice the following:

  1. The movie is geared toward children, but parents will enjoy it too.
  2. This new automobile is geared toward large families that travel a lot.

room for both

I do think that there is active and passive learning like you said and I think there is room for both.

In this case, 'room for both' would imply that both ideas are good, necessary and effective.  Notice the following:

  1. He thought there was always room for both learning and improvement in his life.
  2. There is always room for both hard work and play in a well-balanced life.

 

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