The new film Waiting for Superman has been a hot button topic in the news, and I think brings to light a number of worthwhile issues—most notably, that we need to stop waiting and start acting.
The film is about a hidden catastrophe and untapped potential. If we are struggling to provide elementary education in the United States—one of the most privileged countries in the world—how can we bring higher education to struggling nations?
At University of the People, we are aiming to do just that, but this does not diminish the urgency of access to education from day one. Our students may not share a common nationality, race or religion, but they do share a common dream and the unwavering drive to learn.
How can we expect children and teenagers to develop this drive without the proper foundation? We must cultivate an environment where education is valued and families do not have to seek alternatives to abysmal local schools.
What is the school system like in your country?