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Education, can it save the world?


Education may very well be the key to a safe, peaceful and prosperous world. It is generally accepted that those who have obtained a higher education have a higher standard of living than their less educated counterparts, but they also tend to  have a much greater interest in world events.  Also they are more likely to debate and discuss those events, resulting in the sharing of ideas which could solve the problems.  They are more likely to own a home, which makes them invested in their communities. Making it more likely they contribute both intellectually and financially to their community.

Then there is the direct impact of higher education. Science has advanced society by leaps and bounds, this includes medical science, we are living longer with a much higher quality of life then did our predecessors. Ailments that would have meant a certain death ten years ago are now very treatable. With advances in energy production and storage we may one day reduce our dependence on fossil fuel and become truly energy independent.  Engineers are making great contributions to our world. And there is currently a great shortage of Engineers. Engineers may very well be the answer to some of our most recent and devastating issues. Just as they earthquake proofed buildings in California, they may figure out a way to tsunami proof our coastal areas.  Think of the lives that would be saved.  Because it's not a matter of if another one hits, it's a matter of when it hits.

Education is probably one of the most important issues facing us today.  There are actually some who believe we should do away with public education all together.  I for one certainly hope it never comes to that. If it were to occur, within a couple of generations the U.S. would become a third world country.  I am actually of the opinion that there should be a public higher education system in place, where all who want to pursue college could.  I am not saying do away with private schools and colleges, just that, in order to compete with the rest of the world money for education should not be a limiting factor. So it is in all of our best interest to support education, and now would be a great time to pursue a higher education.

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Written by acrisostomo75, 4 months ago
The author makes it seem as if she is in favor to "free schools" such as those in public education prior to college level. However, if you do some serious review or ever had a senior looking for scholarships and earn their way to go to college, whether private or public, you would realize that if you fall into the "poor" end, education becomes affordable or free! If you fall into the "rich" you don't care! If you are among the middle, well you know too well there is nothing given for free! You must seek out scholarships gallore, your GPA and SAT must be high just to think of affordable or closer to free! Education is the key to most in this world to get hired in decent positions, however, more and more you can debate whether a classroom is the means to learning? With online schooling, Udemy, and all the resources on Youtube, Itunes etc. learning is free for most part, you may not get a certificate or anything, but you can gain more knowledge and real world learning for free if you have the motivation!
I strongly believe as an educator that I want all students to seek out higher education and start looking for scholarships in middle school to make it free and to encourage them to realize the impact of their grades in high school and studying early for SAT and ACT to be the top in the class. However, I don't think traditional education is the only means to success today. I will even go one step further, I think that if one is motivated like Steve Jobs, they may not need a degree to be successful.
Education is not needed to be "free" to be relevant! The poor get free, the rich don't care, and as always in this politically stupid world, the middle class get the short stick! If you investigate more, you will also find out that the Yale, Harvard, and all Ivy league schools say if you have what it takes to get into the school, they will make up the financial differences for those that need the help. They don't take in account parent incomes to use in their process, if you get there, they will give you the grants to stay there! Look it up, it is amazing! Other schools to consider are those similar to College of the Ozarks, they accept students and tuition is free! You have to work but your tuition is free!
People that believe governments need to take over to make it more "fair" are those that costs this Country everything we are dealing with today! The more the government takes over the worse those systems are: Veterans Medical, Military, Medical Insurance, etc. the list goes on and on! Leave politics out of education, let's get back to real learning and teaching, not just to pass a stupid absurdly written state exam that tells whether students learned or grew that year and more importantly whether the teacher taught the subject in which they were tested. Government agencies are warped and retarded when it comes to common sense and actual real world life! Off my soapbox!
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Written by weedlover, 3 years ago
I disagree. Education removed from a moral basis can be destructive. It produces hydrogen bombs as well as nuclear medicine. It gives us corrupt judges as well as just ones. It gives criminals the ability to learn how to steal identities and write the viruses that crash our computers. Education is a useful tool for good or evil.

It is also true that some of America's most influential citizens were self-taught and received little formal education. Abraham Lincoln was one. Benjamin Franklin was another. Both had learned to read and the rest of what they learned, except for a couple of years in school as children, they got from books and exchanging ideas with others outside of a school environment. Yes, it was education, but neither had the advantage of free public schools.
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Written by AFuller, 3 years ago
Education is the ONLY thing that will save the world...
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Written by donnyw1967, 3 years ago
Thank you for your comment, and I agree, education is everything.
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Written by Jasmine, 3 years ago
Your article motivated me to check some famous quotes about education - I would like to add a few in my comment; Sir Claus Moser wisely said: "Education costs money, but then so does ignorance". William Allin also wisely said: "Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions."

Although there are many other great quotes on education, I chose this one to conclude: "Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."

In today's world, education is everything!

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