I think it’s fair to say that education makes a single individual a better person. You can debate whether it would make you more money, get you a better job, or how much it will actually improve your day-to-day life, but it’s hard to argue that any form of education is going to make that one individual worse.
So, if you apply that thought to a larger group of humans, you now have a big group of individuals whose individual lives have improved. But, does it have any trickle effect into the society in which these individuals live, rather than just the individuals?
At Kaleidoscope, we fully and whole-heartedly believe this to be true.
A scientist studies climate change and advises how we can protect the future of our planet. An entrepreneur creates innovation and forces us to look at things in ways we’ve never thought of. A doctor develops new cures to cancer and researches how we can be proactive to live longer, healthier lives. An artist enhances our daily existence and invokes emotions.
Education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.—Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education”
While an individual, in theory, could be a scientist, entrepreneur, doctor and artist all at once – it is unlikely. We need a diverse group of people to evolve our society, develop new ideas, and keep people healthy. One educated person can lead to something great. But even better, a society filled with many educated people can lead to endless opportunity.
At Kaleidoscope, we want to work with people who feel the same. The ones who want to ensure that our fellow and future citizens continue to create utility and culture. If you are interested in working with us to launch or grow your scholarship program, we would love to hear from you.