Rajesh Kumar’s school was built to teach Indian children, but there are lessons for Americans, too, on the value of education.
According to Save the Children, every year of schooling decreases a male’s chance of becoming involved in violent conflict by 20 percent. Thus there's much less threat to our own security.
The Research Consortium on Education Outcomes and Poverty has found that every country that has achieved rapid and sustained economic growth has achieved literacy for at least 40 percent of its adults. Hence education is tied into the “emerging markets” for U.S. trade.
Congress and the administration must be mindful of budget deficit and spending. That means assuring the money we do spend internationally buys things of value, like global economic growth and security.
Take a lesson from Rajesh Kumar: Support education for all.
- Oscar Lanzi III, Chicago