Speak for Education

Scholarship Entrant: Frank from Pittsburgh, PA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Frank: 2120

I fear that both students and parents regularly forget why we learn. Our capitalistic culture teaches us that education leads to wealth. While in certain contexts this may be true, students need to see beyond the idea of turning a profit. It’s bigger than that. Knowledge is both a protector and an equalizer. A smarter world is a sounder world.

Currently, I’m pursuing a degree in Communications and Media—enhancing my skills as both a speaker and a writer. It’s been my dream for many years to speak publicly—proclaiming that knowledge is success, not wealth. As a professional speaker, I will remind students everywhere that we learn to both understand and enrich our world.

Specifically, I want to direct their attention towards the importance of political theory, formal debating, economics, and international relations—subjects that many high school educators (globally) rarely have time to teach within their core curriculum.

The journey starts this December at my former high school where I have arranged for a rehearsal lecture. Post graduation, I will network my presentation around the country and then, internationally. Orating is passionate and meaningful art, and through this form of persuasion, I expect to market a new style of thinking.

My lesson will require students to read heavily, engage frequently with each other, and (most importantly) redefine their meaning of success. If we learn both for and from our world, people will operate on the advantage that education is power. It’s time for a worldwide education reassessment.

Vote for Frank: 2120

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