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Education is the silver bullet that enhances EVERYTHING



By Dr. Ray Shackelford

Education is a proactive process to safeguard the future of our children; to improve the quality of life for all communities and people; to protect our local, state, and national economic/security interests with a trained/ experienced/tax paying workforce; to promote and protect our freedom and democracy; and, to assist with crime prevention programs and services. In brief, education gives people the opportunity to make informed decisions based on legal and non-violent acts of personal freedom. Education can be a formal or an informal process.

Formal education includes attending schools (i.e., public/private/charter/trade/vocational), colleges, and universities to obtain a certificate, diploma, and/or a degree. Informal education includes visiting museums/libraries/national parks; attending conferences; farm services; senior citizens and veterans’ programs; and youth summer programs leading to self-directed learning. In both cases, skill-sets are enhanced in a life-long learning environment.

Overall, education deserves more respect and funding to meet our local, state and national security and economic challenges in a global economy. Education does not run away from accountability, education runs to problem-solving and innovations! In brief, education enables the past, present, and future for the betterment of humanity and world peace. Let us continue to support education with compassion, fairness, integrity and pride!

Education is our hero.

Ray A. Shackelford, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a retired educator who served as Chair/President of the School Advisory Council (SAC) at an elementary/middle/high school; member of the PTA/PTO/PTSA and IB Council; and as a college/university administrator/Associate Professor. He is a LIFE MEMBER of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, Florida State University Alumni Association, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Shackelford is a concerned citizen who advocates for education; youth programs; crime prevention programs and services; fiscal integrity; and, the involvement of ALL communities and people in the economic development process.


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