Education is a right and a privilege

One of my senior students was bemoaning the fact that they had to come to school, it was boring etc… In the ensuing discussion I noted the following;

Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty.

My view, stated quite firmly was that New Zealand children a privileged to be able to attend school till the ages of 16-18 years. They are lucky to be in a country that values education and has an economy that can support universal education. Would we get better results if students and their parents valued education more? Perversely “free” education may devalue education.

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