School is a reality during the majority of the year for the first few decades of our lives; learning is a life-long process. Education, whether rich or poor, allows us to reach a higher potential. Be a peasant farmer from the middle ages or a Victorian princess, the desire to know is innate.
There are years of research published describing how to make life easier. Over the centuries, we have gradually been able to live longer and healthier lives as a race. As developed nations became more wealthy, they sought to pass on the good living that came with their culture of working and learning.
Today, even with education efforts in other countries to promote education, many in the United States fall between the cracks. According to the Literacy Project Foundation:
45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level
3 out of 5 people in American prisons can’t read
20% of Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wage
These are frightening statistics for a developed nation. These individuals still desire to know and many of them are highly intelligent in other ways. In fact, one of the reasons they can graduate high school illiterate is because many of these individuals have amazing memories.
Education is vital in our society. It needs to be promoted in a positive way.