Transformative Possibilities of Education
Don't underestimate who your future self can be.
Personal education is perhaps the greatest potential source of solutions — without it, we are unlikely to save the world. Unfortunately, the power of personal education is often hampered by:
Good teachers, such as Marva Collins, were able to kindle the urge to learn in their students, as well as have high expectations and the ability to help those students meet those expectations quickly. Marva Collins was able to turn young illiterate mental-institution rejects into calm Shakespeare-critiquing kids in a matter of months, so there's plenty of unexplored elasticity in what education is capable of — and what we are capable of, as individuals with enormous potential for growth and change, if only we care enough to challenge ourselves.
In addition to personal development, good education also increases our own personal assets in life (better health, better mental health, better personal relationships, better career decisions, fewer financial worries) and this gives us more leverage to make ourselves useful to the future.