Professor Chris Reider
3 September 2010
Education's True Importance
With an unemployment rate of 9.6% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) this is one of America’s darkest days, people are falling deeper into debt month after month with no hope left with obtaining a job and with only a high school diploma or G.E.D. to fall back on. Thus, many are turning to education. The honorable El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, African American civil rights activist of the 20th century and founder of the Muslim Mosque Inc. also known as Malcolm X knew the importance of becoming well educated and said, “Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.” (“Malcolm X”). "Get a good education" is the new modern day slogan, it has been preached by teachers, parents, peers, police officers and any other positive role model in anyone's life. Malcolm X realized the importance of this message, saying "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today" ("Malcolm X"). His goal of opposing the force of cruel injustice in America was quite similar to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s goal. His name has been imprinted into our textbooks, face stamped onto inspirational posters, words forever impressed into our heart, and his shared goal of your social class to not be based on the color of your skin. Just education does not discriminate based on gender, class, or race. It does not see one for how popular one is and it has no concern for the new type of shoes or new phone. Before civil rights activists had emerged, it was a crime in America to attend school if you were not of the dominant race. America has advanced in positive steps towards having a more integrated educational system. The mere principle of attending school became a law in America. The American judicial system has noticed the importance of obtaining a "good" education. America has many public schools across the nation to remove the reason for one unable to pay for...
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