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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 18 2011: A great deal of energy and money is being expended trying to address this question. Once you have a child without support at home, options are limited and results very spotty. I am on the board of our local Boys and Girls club which attempts, with some success, to be a surrogate family for kids who lack a real one. Mentoring, tutoring and a wide variety of social services and charitable initiatives make some small dent in the problem. I favor Charter and Voucher schools, merit pay for teachers and a number of other educational reforms. But frankly, the positive effect of these changes benefit mostly kids who already have a cohesive home life and just need a little extra push and structure. While I am very critical of the teacher's unions for opposing some of these reforms, I do think they are getting basically a bad rap for the failure of our educational system when the real problem is at home....or the lack of same. The real question should be "How can we convince people, in a country where both contraception and abortion are legal, not to have children they can't support either with time or money out of wedlock ". I have no proposed answer, only the question.

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