Lanny Forrester

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Lanny ForresterThroughout his international travels to countries like India and Africa, Lanny Forrester has noticed that the most marked differences between the United States and other countries do not have to do with personal income or defense strategies, but rather the quality and availability of education. Education is the root of a prosperous, economically developed country. For example, in Pakistan, fifty percent of children from low-income households are not enrolled in school, as compared to five percent from upper income households. And globally, the number of girls enrolled in, not to mention graduating from, school is far less than that of their male counterparts. As an educator and an avid champion of improved quality of life for children around the globe, Lanny Forrester decided to take a closer look at this phenomenon, and hopefully educate the public in the process.


In an age of globalization, how is it that improvements in education continue to remain elusive? In a recent trip to Oman, a small country along the Persian Gulf, Lanny Forrester discovered that women were not expected to join the workforce the same way that men were. This state of affairs leads directly to the education of women being emphasized less in Oman than the education of men. Additionally, women are expected to gain permission from male relatives before obtaining work. It’s no wonder that education is mainly a male-dominated pursuit! But things are looking up for the women of Oman—during his trip, Lanny Forrester also noticed a rise in women’s rights activities, headed by educated women trying to challenge the status quo. With the help of these courageous activists, Oman will hopefully soon begin affording equal opportunities to women.


Discrepancies in education are not just a matter of gender. A country’s distribution of their Gross National Product (GNP) is a significant determining factor, and according to Lanny Forrester, the smart allocation of a country’s GNP is the foundation of widespread change. As of 2011, even financial powerhouses like China only spend $200 per capita on education. Availability is therefore not the issue—priorities are. Pakistan spends seven times more on military weapons than education, a fact that makes Lanny Forrester wonder if the gaps in education funding will ever be closed. But, as an eternal optimist, he continues to concentrate his efforts of researching the problem, informing the public, and working towards a change.


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