There has been an age-old atmosphere in education to use education as a sieve.  The supposed purpose of the sieve was to keep out those who are not intellectually qualified to participate in the higher professions.  The sieve has been an excuse for keeping out the riff-raff, pridefully letting only those who are qualified to pass through the gate.  Unfortunately the number of those allowed into academic circles has been very guarded.  According to Statistics from UNESCO, one-fifth of the world’s population is still illiterate, two-thirds of them are women.  Over 72 million children are not attending school and many more attend irregularly.  (See http://www.unesco.org/en/literacy/)  What do we need a sieve for?  We have our work before us and far too few to do it.  We need to awaken minds to the best of who we are, so that each life lived is a treasured pearl.