Team Change: Education and Literacy

Education and literacy are at the heart of our society. If someone is not able to read or write, then how can they fully participate in their society? How can they vote in elections? How can they fully understand the implications of their actions and their leaders’ actions if they are not educated about world events, mathematics, science, and history? If people are not educated as much as they can be and as much as they wish to be, then it will be difficult for them to support themselves and their families through physical labor, minimum-wage, or black-market jobs, which are generally the main types of jobs available for those with at least a high school diploma. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the states with the largest percentages of jobs in industries that require less than a high school diploma were either vacation/retirement destinations with opportunities in hospitality or states that had job opportunities in natural resources and mining, neither of which often require more than, or even as much as, a diploma. Unfortunately, neither of these fields offer many opportunities for advancement without at least a diploma, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree(s).

 

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I firmly believe that this is an excellent cause to study and work on actually advocating change in. In today’s job market and economy, a lack of education in essential fields such as science and mathematics and an inability to read are a death sentence for getting any job more advanced than minimum-wage- and only in certain industries are these jobs even available. If you look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupation Finder, most jobs that require no formal education credentials were physical labor and/or minimum wage jobs. For example, no one is going to be allowed to work in a school without at least a high school diploma or associate’s degree – even a secretary position requires at least a high school diploma, and some secretary positions require a bachelor’s degree. I think improving the education field and spreading initiatives for literacy and keeping kids in school are extremely important goals for people advocating change in this field to have, and these would be great ideas for my group to focus on if we worked on this topic.

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6 thoughts on “Team Change: Education and Literacy

  1. I believe that this is an excellent cause that your group could really expand upon and connect to more global issues and movements. I am currently taking the class Honors Economics 101, Microeconomics, and we just finished a chapter about the vital importance of human capital to the global economy and a country’s overall well being and prosperity. Human capital is vastly more important than physical capital, as a country with heaps of physical wealth, such as oil, is often in turmoil and political corruption with a failing economy unless it lacks human capital, too. Human capital stems from an educated and specialized population. Such a population comes from pushing for intellectual wealth before material wealth, by investing in things like Bachelor’s degrees and pursuing training in various fields such as engineering, medicine, education, etc.
    Good luck, Team Change!
    -Katie Kornienko

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  2. I agree wholly with your arguments about education. As college students at the University of Delaware, we all have a great advantage in life because we are pursuing higher education. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of circumstances that prevent people from getting a college education. On the other hand, there are many ways to reduce these poor circumstances, and it should be easy to motivate college students to get involved in this type of movement. Lastly, will your movement be focused on global education or local education? Will you focus on education in developing countries, or do you want to work on fixing the education system in the United States first?

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  3. Education is the key to success in life. There are obviously those that come across a stroke of luck and become successful doing something random, but hard work in school is probably the safest bet. These methods, I feel, are much more prominent nowadays so more people are more inclined to rely on that stroke of luck. One thing maybe worth mentioning in detail is that all around the world there is a major lack of education. 3rd world countries cannot progress because they are held back by their lack of education. This topic is definitely very important and applicable to everybody so I’m eager to see if this topic becomes your group’s topic.

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  4. Illiteracy and lack of education unfortunately plaques many people across the nation and the world today. Many people are not as lucky as us to attend college, or even high school, leading to a less pleasant future for themselves and family. The need for a larger number of educated people is essential to create a more sustainable nation and future, as more workers can only prove beneficial for the economy and other important aspects of countries across the world. For these reasons, I am in full support of this movement, and I feel that a college campus is a perfect place to spread awareness on the issue, as students understand the importance of a proper education how much weight it may hold on one’s success in the future.

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  5. I think this is a very important, yet very overlooked movement. People tend to think of illiteracy as more of a third world problem and don’t realize how prevalent it is in the US. We tend to take education for granted in this country where opportunities for it abound, and I think having your group demonstrate the significance of education to leading a successful life would be particularly beneficial on a college campus. As you said, education has become increasingly important if one hopes to find a good-paying job. Jobs that before would require little to no experience now require high school diplomas or even college degrees. I think drawing attention to this, especially on a college campus, would foster a deeper respect for education and inspire academic excellence.

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  6. I agree with every point that you mentioned about this cause. However, I think that you could go even deeper in terms of your argument. Our educational system is failing in certain areas of the country, such as low-income regions. In these region, crime rates are very high, and many young people end up in prison. An explanation for this is the fact that there is a correlation between crime rates and lack of education. Additionally, as you said, lack of education and low income is correlated as well. Therefore, it is safe to say that education reform would be a great way help fix our failing criminal justice system, among other things, such as the reasons that you mentioned.

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