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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: Spell check won't always be there for you. One f in professors.

    And again I say to you tishe...Is education a "right"? is way too broad of a question. With the Amish, 8th grade is the highest level ever achieved in their closed communities...actually even allowed.

    In some countries, girls aren't even allowed in schools. And then we have "Howard Roark's" comment that anyone who wants to get the government involved is a complete dolt! (Ahh Thank you Ayn Rand for bringing up another generation of "egoistic" -correct spelling, NOT egotistic- selfish people who think Wall Street hedge fund mangers are the quintessential American success story)..Success equaling NOT your service to your fellow mankind, but owning a 10 million dollar penthouse in TriBeCa and owning a Bentley or two. Because we all just know that if you work very hard anyone can be a billionaire! What a bunch of horse patookey!

    Hey in some countries such as Somalia, millions of children are starving to death of malnutrition or dehydration secondary to not having potable water within a day's walking distance...before hitting the ages of 3 or 4. I'm sure Roark and the other 1% will decide that is God's plan to wipe out the unfit..Heck, they will probably even misquote Darwin on that one.

    Roark may call me a "bleeding heart liberal" or some other trashy nickname that he pickup from Faux News, but the Boston fireman who caught the child thrown from a third story window in an horrendous building fire is much more of a hard working person than any super trader on WS. but then we see living a certain lifestyle has a different meaning of success forth eHoward Roarks of hte world.
    tishe I presume you have read the idiocy of the "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. It is the current "it" philosophy of the 1%. Of interest, the author of this book on egoism, selfishness, and narcissism was a Communist!

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