An ed­u­ca­tion for all

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Ed­u­ca­tion is the cor­ner­stone of democ­racy. Be­fore the war, Ger­many of­fered all stu­dents eight years of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, and four or five more years to those who passed the tests. The U.S. of­fered 12 years of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion start­ing in the 1920s. We had the most ed­u­cated mil­i­tary and work force in the world dur­ing the war.

Now we are fall­ing be­hind. We need to ed­u­cate all stu­dents through col­lege if we are go­ing to com­pete suc­cess­fully in the com­ing cen­tury.

I read let­ters from peo­ple who say global warm­ing is a hoax. Fox TV and ra­dio tell them so. I be­lieve few lib­er­ally ed­u­cated peo­ple get their news from Fox TV and ra­dio. If you say that global warm­ing is a hoax, you be­tray your lack of sci­en­tific knowl­edge. You need to study ba­sic sci­ence.

If you want peo­ple to think that you are un­e­d­u­cated, just spout what you hear on Fox TV and ra­dio. Ed­u­cated peo­ple know that Fox News is not “fair and bal­anced.” It seems to be noth­ing but Repub­li­can pro­pa­ganda aimed at their base. Don­ald Trump calls CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC and oth­ers “Fake News.” I be­lieve the real fake news is Fox TV and ra­dio. They call it “gin­ning up the base.”

This gen­er­a­tion learns less about more sub­jects, and more about a few. Don­ald Trump epit­o­mizes the un­der­e­d­u­cated rich man. Je­sus said, “It is eas­ier for a camel to go through the eye of a nee­dle than for a rich man to en­ter the king­dom of God.” La­bor not for the things of this world, but for the com­ing king­dom of God, where ev­ery be­ing is loved and cher­ished.

It be­gins with a well-rounded col­lege ed­u­ca­tion for all.



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