Originally posted on TED Blog:
Schools out of reach
Daphne Koller is a third-generation PhD, and in her own words, she is certainly one of the lucky people. Most people, of course, are not.
In some parts of the world, quality education is simply not available. In South Africa, for example, the higher education system was designed during Apartheid, and there are far from enough positions available. Earlier this year, thousands of people lined up to get a position at university, resulting in a stampede. 20 were injured, and a woman died trying to get a place at university for her son.
Even in the US and similar countries, higher education is not always within reach. Tuition is going up at twice the rate of even the spiraling costs of health care. And yet only a little over half of recent grads are working in jobs where higher education is required.
The opening of education
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