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Published: Monday, May 12 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I didn't know the terrorists had anything against education. I figured that they realized there were a lot of women in one place and a huge profit could be made in kidnapping them and selling them off.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Terrorists fear education because the students learn about dangerous ideas like freedom.

Liberals fear education choice in this country for the same reason. They are afraid real freedom will be taught instead of liberal indoctrination.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Is education learning about what to think or is it about how to think.

slcdenizen
Murray, UT

@Badgerbadger

How does one teach freedom? I don't understand what that means, and am curious as to whether you do either.

Sweet Ginger
Salt Lake City, UT

How does one teach freedom? Simply, people are not as gullible to ridiculous beliefs when educated. But the facts also hold true: people of voting age with a primary education are 1.5 times more likely to support democracy than people with no education (UNESCO 2012). Also, countries with higher primary schooling rates and a smaller gap between rates of boy's and girls' schooling tend to enjoy greater democracy and stability (World Bank fact).

How different would U.S. finances be without 911? The only way to reduce religious extremism is to improve education. Currently, there are 250 million children—nearly 40% of all children world-wide that cannot read a simple sentence, do basic math, or count.

In the last decade, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has helped provide quality education for 22 million of the neediest children (often in conflict areas). As a percentage of GDP the U.S. contributes the least of any country!! Currently, only giving 20 million to the GPE while small countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands are giving 10 and 20 fold that amount! The U.S. needs to step up and help out! How many more Malala's, 911s and kidnappings will take place before we prioritize education?

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