Posted: March 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Every child deserves an education. Unfortunately, young girls and women ― half of the world’s population ― are rarely given the same opportunities as boys to learn, study and succeed.

  1. Natalie Van Orden says:

    I really enjoyed looking through these photos. I think they do a beautiful job of highlighting the diversity of girls and fight against the idea that females can be essentialized.
    One thought that stuck out to me is that school is so important for many of these girls that they will risk physical harm, or at the least actual physical labor to make it to class. School is a privilege to these girls, a privilege that has been denied in societies around the world.
    Education is considered so powerful by certain groups that putting it in the hands of women is deemed wrong and even terrifying, and I think this is because learning is what allows us to seek the truth and stand up for ourselves.
    The way we view education in current American society is a hoop to jump through in order to get jobs, earn money, and have time off. It’s as if public education isn’t a gate to knowledge and truth, but is a faulty baby-sitting program that exists to keep kids off the streets and conform them to common standards deemed necessary by the legislature. Class is not a privilege we would risk our lives for, it’s something we only attend in order to get the grade. There is no imminent threat in the U.S. of education being denied to women, but I wonder if there were how this would change our attendance. It seems to me like a situation where we don’t know what we have until it’s been taken away.

    • I agree with so much of what you say. Today, American students try to do all they can to graduate as swiftly and easily as possible. But to do what? Enter into the rat race and a cubicle. I fully understand the college is more expensive than ever. But, nevertheless, if we don’t consider education a right, we should still considerate a privilege. For thousands of years, people would have done anything imaginable to obtain the permission to get an education. And yet today most persons treat it as an annoying yet necessary obstacle to surmount as quickly as possible. How might that affect their college experience? Or, conversely, how might the college experience seem to them if they saw it as an experience to enjoy for it’s own sake? I know it’s expensive. But that’s precisely why I strive to make my It classes interesting, informative, and enjoyable, and practically relevant. I hope students can recognize the efforts that I make.

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