Why the Right to an Education is in Jeopardy

Recently the Noble Peace Prize was awarded to the young Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai for her heroic struggle to secure the right for education for all girls in her native Pakistan. In doing so, she has become a voice for children everywhere to be educated.

We take education in the United States for granted. There is a myth in our society that education is the great equalizer, but history defies that reality. From community to community, there is tremendous disparity regarding the nature and quality of education and as a result, it is not the great instrument that creates a common foundation. Economic inequalities and ideological idiosyncrasies are more reflected in our education system nationwide than we care to admit.

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