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  • Ann Lee
  • San Jose, CA
  • United States


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I believe the right to an education is a basic human right..what can we do to make that a reality?

Governor Brown just signed the Dream Act and that propelled me to think about how accessible education is in United States and around the world. Education shouldn't be something that only the privileged can afford. What can we do to give every child an opportunity to improve their lives through education?


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    Oct 17 2011: Not intending to criticize your belief system, but education is not a basic human right. Keep in mind that the expression, "human rights," is a human construct. Pragmatically, there are very few actual rights that exist in reality. Education may be a path by which one might attain another debatable human right, such as freedom to choose. If you want to make education accessible to everyone, you're really talking about equal opportunity, which, for many reasons, can never truly exist. One more point: the opportunity to improve lives through education is a valid direction, but don't be fooled into thinking that all children are capable of achieving at the same level. Many factors to consider, including culture, intellect, ambition, competition, nature/nurture, etc.

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