In many ways, access to education lies at the heart of both individual and collective progress and growth. Societies with high rates of education experience lower crime levels, better overall health, and a higher level of civic involvement. Conversely, a lack of access to education is tied directly to poverty and inequality. Unfortunately, depending on our country and culture of origin and factors such as gender, race, disability, sexuality, social class, ethnicity, and even age can influence our access to quality education. But when every person has access to educational systems, we empower individuals and strengthen communities.
"My College Dream″ is a series of first-person essays by college students about their college and career aspirations, the serious money struggles they faced along the way and the real-world consequences that resulted from their circumstances — and their decisions.
Evans chronicles the stories of African American women who struggled for and won access to formal education, beginning in 1850, when Lucy Stanton, a student at Oberlin College, earned the first college diploma conferred on an African American woman.
Parents everywhere are deeply concerned about the education of their children, especially now, when education has become a minefield of politics and controversy. One of the world’s most influential educators, Robinson has had countless conversations with parents about the dilemmas they face.