Education is not only conditioning, but conditioning for the future and conditioning for the mind. Somewhere along the way the strive to learn has been lost on education. Its hard to determine where this all went wrong. Like many in the past, those who have the drive to learn, earn an education. Drive and determination can not be taught in a classroom. Some of the most important subjects that should be taught in class, are not. The purpose of education is to condition youth for the challenges they face in the future. Students are trained not educated. I have never had to overcome a language barrier. I have never had to overcome a racial barrier either. As long as I can remember learning has been a part of my life. Not just learning, but education. The struggles Richard Rodriguez and Fredrick Douglass went through do not apply to me. Rodriguez and Douglass were both lucky enough to discover education, where as education found me. Fredrick Douglass once said, “Without struggle there is no progress.” This quote really sums up Douglass and his message. Douglass went through his fair share of struggles and became a better man because of it. If what I face now in my life is a struggle, how much can I really progress? At least I’ll always have education to take advantage of. All Americans are given the right of an education. Depending on the person, this right can either be used or ignored. A large part in why so many immigrants travel to the US, is because it offers free public education. Because of taxes no child has to pay to learn. There are also no restrictions on who has the right to an education in the United States. Yet education is not appreciated by most like it should. Learning is a power. Not a power that all people have but the ones that do have it need to use it, completely use it. Fredrick Douglass realized how powerful ...
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