You Have a Right to an Education, So Use It!

One of my 2017 Bill of Children's Rights, is your right to an education. Now I know for some of you the idea of school makes you roll your eyes and sigh. However, for 101 million children, according to UNICEF, the ability to go to school is denied. 

For them there are no books, no teachers, no homework, and no education. They will not be able to read or write, and for a large number they will not be able to even add or subtract simple equations. There are many reasons they are denied an education. For some, there are no schools. For others, school is a luxury that only a minority can afford. For even more however, they are denied school because they are girls, or their culture is different that the government's, or the government just does not have enough money to provide all their citizens with an education.

These kids are destined to become part of the growing illiterate (not able to read or write) adult population of almost 760 million adults who do not have the means to make themselves a better life. That is not what I want for you!

Think about the world today. Can you imagine what it would be like if you could not read or write? How would you understand the rules to your favorite video game? How would you build that Lego village you begged your parents to get you? How could you get lost in the latest Rick Riordan series? How would you write that story that only you can tell? Better yet, how would you text or email?

For the majority of Americans, school is required. However that does not mean they get the education they need. Some school districts cannot afford books, so students have to share. Some cannot afford enough teachers, so their classrooms are crowded, which means those who need extra help to succeed don't get it. So how can you get the most out of your education?

  1. Pay attention in class. If your mind tends to wander, try taking notes. Sometimes just jotting down a thought or two will keep your brain in the moment.
  2. Ask questions. If you don't understand the class discussion or the assignment, speak up. Ask the teacher to explain it again. If that is too embarrassing, ask her after class.
  3. Do your homework when you get home. I know, you would rather have time to watch TV, play a game, or visit with friends. But if you grab a quick snack then crack the books, you'll find that your homework goes much faster than it does after dinner or before bed.
  4. Read, read, read. This is probably the most important thing you can do all by yourself to expand your education. Reading helps your grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and enjoyment.
  5. Finally, GO TO SCHOOL! It's your job right now. Take advantage of it. At least you are not home cleaning your room--right?

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