Education is the enemy of ignorance…

In a society that constantly tries to feed us manipulated statistics to make us feel, or act, or think in a certain manner, we must practice constant vigilance. When taking numbers at face value in a world where there are certain expectations for all aspects of our life, it can be easy to accept what the media and other influences place in front of us. However, it is because of those expectations that everything must be questioned so that we can reach our own conclusions about how our world and society interacts with the rest of the world and cultures all over the world. We live in an incredible country, which abounds with opportunity and education. We are exposed everyday to the culture of others, and that is a blessing in so many ways. We have a responsibility to our neighbors to be helpful in every way we can. If the neighbor next door has never had an education, and tells their children that college is much too expensive and there is no way to ever afford it, you can diplomatically make that young man or woman aware of opportunities to them. There are many scholarships and grants available to those of low-income, minority, or first generation college students. You will lose nothing in this scenario. You are not out money, or resources, merely words used to plant a seed of future success. What statistics find it hard to capture is the DECISIONS and GOODWILL that our communities contain. If you and your family can aid one child in continuing their education and thus, they attain a better job, thus enabling them to make more money, thus enabling their family to no longer live in poverty, can you imagine how absolutely incredible our country could be? How beautiful would our great nation be, once more united together, arms linked, to make our home front strong through education? Do not let the numbers stand for everything. They only capture a minute aspect of the masterpiece that is our nation.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” -MLK, Jr.

-Jordan Wilcox

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4 thoughts on “Education is the enemy of ignorance…

  1. I agree with your post that we should remain vigilant, but I disagree with the fact that everyone has access to low-income scholarships and grants. For many people, being 1 dollar over the poverty line disqualifies them from any grants. Loans are also another way that many college students find themselves in a ton of debt when they graduate. Sure, we have a great system in place for those who are less fortunate, but there are still many people who cannot afford a college education. We put so much emphasis on a degree, yet make it difficult for many people. That’s why a college degree is so coveted among people. The money is a huge part of it. I do think that people should help out so that everyone can receive an education. That’ll help everyone.

    -Gabriella Feltman

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  2. Education is very important. Our education system has turned from a system that educates students and teaches them how to think, into a economic machine that has simply become a vocational school. Students and the system focus on giving us the skills that are “marketable” This is at the expense of learning about the world and ourselves.

    Every decision we make is partisan in that it reflects our views, values and background. Every decision we make is partial in that it reflects on the information available at the time we made it. Every decision we make is problematic in that we don’t know all of the consequences of the path we take.

    Mike Cappel

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  3. We do need to help those less fortunate. Too many people don’t want to help those less fortunate because they see no profit in it and that’s a kind of poverty of virtue I hope never afflicts me

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  4. It is not our responsibility to makeup for someone else’s poor decisions. Scholarships are available so everyone has the opportunity to go to college. But its not my family’s responsibility to make sure someone in a poor family goes to college. My family’s only responsibility is to make sure I go to college. I don’t pity the poor because there’s so much they can do. I think the ones that see no one in their family went to college so they decide themselves not to go to college are lazy and are keeping their future family poor. I have no respect for those people.

    -Emma Kidder

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