Argumentative Essay - Education in Latin America

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EDUCATION = FUTURE,
A LATIN-AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE by Ana-Maria Gonzalez

“Education leads to a brighter future.” Quite a clichéd phrase, actually. So popular, that people tend to forget the true significance of it. It is known that Latin America faces numerous problems that makes looking into the future a discouraging view; but we fail to realize the lack of education may be the root of these issues, including violence, unemployment and poverty. Even though education is widely available in Latin America, people are not yet engrained with the idea that education can be a facilitator for a superior life. Economic issues that stem from unemployment and poverty have led to the notion that education is wasted time that could be better spent
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In a situation where more tax money is spent in pursuing and capturing criminals, it’s only wise to invest in a long run solution: education. A ten percent increase in the male graduation rate would reduce murder and assault arrest rates by about twenty percent, vehicle theft by thirteen percent, and arson by eight percent.1 This alone can develop a culture of peace, equality and fairness, a utopic world we would all gladly live in. Unemployment is yet another social issue that can increase exponentially and swallow any opportunity for growth or further development in a society. Research developed by SITEAL, the System for Information on Trends in Education in Latin America, has found that the part of the population with

the lowest levels of education have the highest rates of unemployment. So a stronger appliance of the educational system can steer society towards positive growth, centered around a successfully working unit that can produce better workers and create greater welfare. On the other hand, these workers will also create a more productive society that will eventually cause GDP per capita levels to increase, as well as economic expansion and the international status of the country in general. Education can very well create highly skilled workers, but that doesn’t eliminate the fact that the quantity of working positions

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