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The Suppression of Education

November 9, 2012

A graph has been floating around Facebook show the difference in education vs. political parties. This is not an attempt to put people down or gloat about the election, but it does have some great importance for all of us to think about.

There is no doubt that there is a difference between the ideologies between the two parties. Democrats want to invest in education; Republicans want to cut spending. And this is made obvious by the above graph.

What does education do? It teaches people to think critically and most important it encourages people to think for themselves. Education creates openness and diversity in a country whose demographics are changing. Education inspires creativity and imagination that leads to greater innovation that will take not just our country, but the world to new heights. There is only one drawback when it comes to education.

“If my people could learn to read, they would write me off.”

Catherine the Great

Leaders have more difficulty controlling a population that is educated. It is the powerful who want to keep people from critical thinking and openness to diversity because it helps to maintain their control. These leaders want to be the minds of the people. This I would say is the greatest difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats promote people; Republicans follow leaders.

Cutting education is almost like suppressing education. This morning while I was on a Facebook post with this graph I was reminded of fourteen year old Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban because she wanted an education and all those before her who were condemned by political and religious leaders because they wanted to be educated. In some parts of the world and a great deal of history, people have and had to fight to be educated. It is a shame that in America we are having a debate on the importance of education. What a disgrace to all those who have fought and died simply because they wanted to learn.

Education is not just about the classroom. You don’t need expensive degrees to be smart, but it is about having the desire to learn and opening your mind to things outside your normal perspective and reality. This is when change really occurs. This is when we can have true progress is when everyone has the freedom and the desire to expand their mind to create and evolve.

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