Education Should Not Be Crippled Without It

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As much as adolescents complain about education, we would be crippled without it. The immense freedom we have in America to learn whatever we want is something we should not take for granted. People in other countries fight to learn and to educate themselves as best as they can. People in America just 50 years ago had to fight to learn. Could you imagine living in a world where you couldn’t learn? People all over the world fight for that, because it’s scary to live in a world where you can’t do the simple task of reading or writing. What if you couldn’t read the label on a bottle of bleach? Could you imagine the damage that could cause you, simply because you couldn’t read? We have so much knowledge at our fingertips; museums, libraries, public schools, the list goes on and on. Education is so empowering. It gives you the ability to form opinions based on facts you learned yourself. It gives you confidence in yourself and your rights. Education gives you opportunities nothing else will. Education helps you to hold yourself better and make yourself more impressive during a first impression. Most jobs in this day and age won’t hire someone unless they have a college diploma. Education is impressive. It shows that you have the push, the drive, to better yourself on the topic of something you care about. Education is power. If you have a basic education and the drive to learn more, you can achieve any goal you set for yourself. In his essay Learning to Read, Frederick Douglas says “The first step had been taken. Mistress, in teaching me the alphabet, had given me the inch, and no precaution could prevent me from taking the ell.”(127) Douglas then goes on to talk about how he would not give up his education, and would give bread to “t... ... middle of paper ... ...amount of schooling that he endured, but began to teach himself more while he was incarcerated. He loved to read about Muhammad and his teachings, and carried out those teachings when he was liberated. Malcolm’s education from the prison helped with the Civil Rights work that he was involved in. Education is something we take for granted, but in the end, it is something we all want and need. The simplest kind of education can lead to the biggest things. Let’s call it the snowball effect. Once you start learning about something that you discover interests you, you become passionate, and you crave to learn more and more about it. Once you think you’ve learned everything you can about that topic, you’ll want to go share your knowledge and teach people who have the same passion that you do. Education is exciting, empowering, freeing, and most of all, education is power.
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