You Deserve to Have Your School Taken Away - Page 2
Young men, on the other hand, work in low-paying jobs, often under what you would consider horrific conditions, or maybe they don’t work at all. They don’t have the education to get the jobs they need to feed themselves and their families. Some work several jobs, often burning out and dying young. Some turn to crime. Social services can’t keep up because everyone’s so poor that they’re all taking from the system, rather than paying into it (assuming there is a system).
Those who can afford to pay (the mysterious “rich people” we keep talking about taxing in America) find loopholes and use their money to instead further their positions. Even when it’s through charitable giving, their philanthropy is targeted and doesn’t help the overall citizenry. The disparity of wealth in places with poor education systems is staggering—a very few control most of the resources and therefore have power over a vast majority of those with little or no means. And their countries are often unstable politically and socially.
Do you want that? Most of you have no idea what's being taken from you while you snooze off your late-night tryst in the back of my classroom. That's why I'm standing over you while I lecture. I want you to wake up and smell California being tossed on the fire.
Afghanistan is a great example of what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs and Steel) might call an “experiment of history”. What happened when the Taliban took away a woman’s right to a secular education? Took away the chance for most young men to secure well-paying jobs? Poverty. Corruption. Crime. War.
Tell me, do you think we should spend $2M per missile to kill “insurgents” in Iraq and Afghanistan, or $2K to build a school for girls in the rural mountains and peacefully change a nation, one student at a time? An amazing man named Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools) began helping local people to do just that. Do you know what happened next? The locals kept the Taliban from destroying the schools, schools that communities had helped build with their own hands, schools that are now training children to become nurses and doctors and teachers. They’re already stabilizing their own communities. These children will not become terrorists—they have much better opportunities. Their knowledge of the world keeps them from easily being controlled by nefarious elements.Continued on the next page