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May 20, 2014 at 6:05 AM

On anniversary of Brown v. Board, encourage education worldwide

Thank you for the guest column by Robin Washington [“Brown v. Board of Education: was it worth it?” Opinion, May 17]. Interesting to see this excellent column on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling from our U.S. Supreme Court.

One of the many haunting quotes in the column: “The fact that schools and adults still see (children of color) as inferior, that is something that we haven’t fixed yet.” We have an analogous situation in our world, where girls are kidnapped and sold like animals, and shot, all for the crime of wanting an education. And yet without one, they have no hope.

The U.S. has an opportunity to be one of the countries supporting women being treated as human beings, with equal rights to men. There are 57 million primary-school-aged kids who do not have access to education (a majority are girls.) As a part of the Global Partnership for Education, we can support that developed nation leadership with $250 million toward the $3.5 billion goal to help make education possible in poor countries. Countries that currently are struggling to provide a quality education for their kids.

Or, we can ignore their plight. We can be part of the solution, or, by our inaction, ignore them, and permit them to be without hope.

Bob Dickerson, Seattle

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