I would teach! Actually, scratch that, I will teach! I have been lucky enough to have been blessed with an exceptionally “un” lucrative passion! What this means is that my dream is totally attainable. That is not to say that it is easy, even the education of a k-6 elementary school teacher locks you in for 5 years minimum but if I work hard, and stay focused the chances that I won’t end up in the career of my choice are slim. The real meat of my statement is in the why, of course. And at the risk of sounding redundant I won’t bore my audience with the same tired but true lines about teachers changing the world one young mind at a time. Instead I will talk about the political implications of an educated society. Currently, one of Americas most shameful realities is the education gap, that is largely influenced by the wealth gap. However, education is the great equalizer and by bringing knowledge to disadvantaged communities we influence our own political reality. How? Civic engagement. One of the biggest reasons that young people to don’t vote or get involved in community programs is lack of knowledge and lack of support. School gives them both. The more we learn about our world, our communities and ourselves the more protective we become and the more we fight against those that would seek to harm us. In short, education is the foundation on which all other social change is built.