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Rodrigo P. Feliciano

Knights of Columbus

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Describe the K-12 school of your dreams. How would you build it? Imagine your children and grandchildren attending this school.

"Perhaps you might want to start a separate conversation regarding what an ideal educational system might look like so I and others could contribute our thoughts under that topic? But why limit it to K-8? Why not K-12 while we're at it?"

Carl Karasti, TED Conversations contributor

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Closing Statement from Rodrigo P. Feliciano

Our definition of a dream school is as unique as each one of us. Leaders alone cannot build a dream school. School administrators and teachers alone cannot build a dream school. Parents alone cannot build a dream school. Students alone cannot build a dream school. Every member of the community making a positive contribution may build a good school.

What will happen if a good student with supportive parents attends a good school? What will happen if an unmotivated student attends a good school? What will happen if an unmotivated student with uninvolved parents attends a bad school?

Perhaps a dream school is just that, a dream. History shows that there are always individuals who are willing to work tirelessly to achieve their dreams and contribute for the common good, whether they attended a good school or a bad school or, whether they graduated from college or not.

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    Apr 15 2014: Even Carnegie Libraries are funded by private and public funding. He provided the seed money to start the libraries but they continue to need ongoing resources. So it took money and takes money to run a library. Do you think all those people working there do it for free? Don't forget you have to pay a fee if you return your book late. Point being, the money has to come from someone/somewhere. All the"free" literature you read, came from someone paying for them.
    Everybody has a right to their opinion. All the things you stated, I agree with. Money does make things easier. Drive, determination, and intelligence are great tools to have to help educate yourself but you still need to learn somewhere.
    I also agree the cost of education in some places are expensive but as people continue to learn, the need for a promising education has become a competitive playing field. It's sad because I would love everyone to receive a "free education" but even a "free education" comes from someone's money.

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