Letter: World education

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  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    May 26, 2014 8:23 p.m.

    Much of the education deficit in some countries is directly related to religious or governmental exclusion of girl's from their educational program. No amount of money will buy them that privilege. Our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan prove that brute force and treasure can't succeed against local ignorance and prejudice.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    May 25, 2014 6:19 a.m.

    @Sweet Ginger,

    It is interesting that whenever a discussion is brought up among people who are considered experts in their fields, no matter what it is, education, politics, you name it, the United States of America seems to always be put on the fore front of that debate, " what is the U.S.A. is going to do?" Despite the fact that at this time, we cannot even pay the interest on our trillions national debt. We cannot even take care of business on our home turf thinking that we don't have a "spending problem." I think some people are fed up of spending our tax revenues elsewhere and not here within the borders of the U.S.A. If a private company would like to invest their profits from their own investments in donating to a global entity to help other countries, that is wonderful but the matter of the fact is, our tax money ought to stay here and help our own in education and make them reach the top 3 percent and not lack behind like we've been for how long now?

  • Sweet Ginger Salt Lake City, UT
    May 24, 2014 8:19 p.m.

    Fan of the Sith: The U.S. is the global solution provider? Not when it comes to education. All of our foreign aid is only 1% of the Federal budget and development assistance (that amount that helps the poor is only half of that). Money spent toward global education is typically about 2% of our foreign aid and yet it is synergetic with all our other efforts (helps with prevention of disease such as HIV, malnutrition, preventable child deaths, maintaining security, promoting democracy, etc.). Denmark and the Netherlands (much smaller economies) give 10 and 20 fold more to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) than we do. In terms of percent of GDP we rank dead last in among donors of the GPE.

    The GPE has been tremendously effective in the last 10 years, providing quality education for 22 million children, training thousands of teachers and building schools in conflict areas.

    There are many pay-offs for our small investment: increased security, improved export markets, and decreased spread of disease (namely HIV & TB). Let's do our part in helping all children to have opportunity to learn & thrive.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    May 24, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    I can see why some people are sort of fed up with the United States of America, always being the global solution provider when it cannot find solutions within its borders at the same time. I remember attending a lecture a couple of months ago where the lecturer said that " we are borrowing from the future to satisfy our current passions and appetites." I think some people are tired of paying taxes to be sent overseas or sent to a global entity to be distributed at its leisure.

  • Sweet Ginger Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    2 bits: When will we have enough that we can look beyond ourselves? My daughter is in a crowded public school in SLC— she has 27 in her class. I recently spoke with an education expert from Malawi—they have teacher/student ratios of 1 to 150 sometimes even as poor as 1 to 250. They have one text book for 15 kids and classes are held outside under a tree (and cancelled in rainy season). It is hard for them to keep kids in school b/c they are not learning and frustrated. My daughter learned to read in kindergarten this year, and to do basic math. Nearly 40% of children world-wide that are grade school age cannot read, count or do basic math.

    We live in a global economy—this effects us too. Want jobs to stop going overseas, want to stop illegal immigration, want to promote greater stability, want to increase exports, improve our economy ... focus on global poverty. Our foreign aid (only 1% of the federal budget and only half focused on development) does make a difference. The Netherlands & Denmark donate 10 and 20 fold more to the Global Partnership for Education. We can & should do more!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 23, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    World education, Global poverty, Global climate, etc... we can't solve these things GLOBALLY until we can solve them LOCALLY...

    We need to figure out how to solve them locally before we pretend we could solve them GLOBALLY.

    My suggestion is to start with the smallest unit you can... and then branch out from there.

    Don't just pretend you can solve global education... when we can't even properly fund LOCAL education!

    #1. Start small (your self).

    #2. Then branch out... your family.

    $3. Then your neighborhood or school district...

    #4. your State...

    Then America (whew... I think it's already too big)

    THEN... Globally

    Solving the Global problem is literally not feasible for us to do. It has to be done by everybody taking step #1 and #2 and THEN... the global problem would be solved...

    Same goes for Global pollution, global warming, global poverty, global anything