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Published: Friday, April 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I'd rather spend that money on Utah's completely underfunded education system rather than give it away to the Middle East. We've already given away so much money and so many American lives over there anyway. It's time to concentrate on us for a change.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't know about concentrate only on us... just a little isolationist for me.

But I have a hard time with the other extreme (globalism) also. The "Global" partnership for anything just sounds like a boondoggle that's bound to get abused.

I mean how do we know that money won't be used to fund schools that teach kids to hate Israel and America and to blow themselves up if they can take out an infidel? There's a lot of that still going on in some of the countries this funding would go to.

So I'm not sure I support just giving millions to the Globalists either. Maybe if we could control which schools get the money.... But just giving it blindly to some global alliance... just sounds like a recipe for abuse.

Sweet Ginger
Salt Lake City, UT

The Global Partnership for Education is a multilateral organization that has been proven effective. In the last 10 years it has put an additional 22 million children into school. Not only that but it provides training for teachers (making them more effective). The Global Partnership for Education focuses on the most marginalized children, those in rural areas and in conflict areas. This is crucial so we don't increase inequality (leading to an increase in slavery & the sex trade). There are many advantages to Americans for spending more toward education: less spread of communicable diseases (TB coming from the developed world threatens our safety too), increase growth (the developed world currently accounts for 50% of our exports, increased security (low education correlates to religious extremism and primary education increases the likelihood of democracy), etc. But to me the most important reason we should invest in global education is that it helps children to reach their potential and to lift themselves out of poverty! World-wide, 38% of children primary school age (5-12) cannot read a simple sentence or do basic math! We can change this! We need to do our part. Denmark and the Netherlands donate 10 times the amount we do toward global education.

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