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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 23 2011: Good question and I do not have an answer to it.

    I am the product of a private university and I am the granddaughter of a product of a private university. I know that it is essential for all high school graduates to follow through and attend college whether it is a 2 or 4 year public or private institution.

    Whether the student is legal or illegal is irrelevant to me, having the desire to continue with their education is the most important thing to me. The Dream Act makes illegal immigrants who are accepted into state universities eligible for financial assistance and I am OK with that.

    I am surrounded by American born and bred students who I have to fight with daily just to get them to complete their high school education.

    I believe that getting educated is too important for us not to help students who see the value and seek financial assistance.
    • Oct 27 2011: They need to be out in apprentice-ships. Work with their hands. See real world thinking and doing. Schools have been beating the same dead hose for decades. The current model quits working for most students somewhere around middle school or early high school. This artificial childhood is not doing our children any good. We need young adults fo get off their xboxes and live in the real world.

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