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Mini Hunger Course

Education and Equal Opportunity

  • Our education system is the second major social institution of society. Today's jobs increasing rely on higher levels of education. Being without it puts one at risk of hunger. Education has two main goals:

    • Giving children the knowledge and skills to actively and constructively participate in our society.
    • Achieving equal opportunity so all can develop to their potential.

    Equal opportunity is a basic principle of our society. Education provides a way of creating a more level playing field. It is our most important tool for achiving a great equalization of opportunity.

    Equal opportunity is also a key requirement in making market economies work at their best. The most efficient outcomes can only be achieved if everyone gets the chance to develop their potential. There will always be some inequality of result (some work harder, smarter, or get good breaks), but unequal opportunity should be eliminated whereever possible.

    When education quality is not equal, then this inequality will be magnified through the economy and will produce hunger. The same is also true of education funding. Inadequate funding means inequality, because not everyone is affected by it.

    Three Issues:

    • Primary Education Funding

      • Inadequate funding: Significant cost to society in the long term. Will result in poverty and hunger.
      • Unequal funding: A problem where funding is based on local income alone as in local property taxes. Richer areas will be guaranteed better schools.
      • Should prepare anyone who has the talent, desire, and drive for a secondary education. Everyone should have this choice available to them.
    • Secondary Education Secondary education should be accessible and affordable. Grants and loans must remain readily available for all who who need them.
    • Continued Education and Retraining Needed mainly for those who don't go to college.