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  •  Thus some, including me, say that education (7+ / 0-)

    is the necessary element in ending poverty. I work with One Laptop Per Child and Sugar Labs to provide Free Software and Open Education Resources to schoolchildren around the world, on computers that cost less than printed textbooks. In addition to providing access to learning materials and the riches of the Internet, we allow children to have access to each other.

    I invite you to consider the impact of a billion children at a time learning enough to get real jobs, and also learning enough to create a functioning civil society in every country, including the US.

    It turns out that our program could be fully funded for a quarter of the income of these 100 individuals. I used to be a global market analyst, and I ran the numbers. It would require about a generation before the economies of all countries could continue the program out of increased tax revenues on everybody.

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:44:32 AM PST

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    •  The biggest obstacle to eliminating poverty (4+ / 0-)
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      is the lack of empowerment of women in the developing world.

      When women are given control over their reproductive systems, and when women are given opportunities out of the home there is less overpopulation, more opportunity and less poverty.

      This is often overlooked by progressives, especially when it occurs in the Muslim world, for fear of being culturally insensitive.

      But if you want to end poverty, take a stance against organizations like the Catholic Church, for instance, that fights against birth control (and condom use in particular) in areas where overpopulation and AIDS are rampant.

      When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

      by PhillyJeff on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:50:14 PM PST

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    •  Imagine having free access to all knowlege all... (3+ / 0-)
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      the time. Much of our current education system is actually built on restraining people from getting the necessary knowledge to get a better job--you have to have a certain zip code as a kid to get the best school, you have to pay tuition to get that certificate that says you can earn more. Imagine how many geniuses that wastes, due to lack of proper certification. What if all knowledge, lectures, education was free and on the internet? This would actually not cost much to do--probably less than we spend restraining people from getting education.

      •  Presumably this is not done because... (1+ / 0-)
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        too many people would realize facts like the one above, and the number of people willing to be compliant with this system would diminish. An educated mind is a dangerous thing.

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