Education has the power to make the world a better place.

This might seem like a bold claim, but statistics show that education reduces poverty levels, boosts economic growth, fosters peace, makes people healthier, and saves lives. And those claims just refer to primary and secondary education, not college or anything post high school.

I can list study after study, statistics, graphs and tables, which will speak to the importance of education, but for the sake of time and space, I’ll just assume our readers recognize and appreciate its value so we can move on. We might not all agree on the methods used or the criteria by which we assess its effectiveness, but we can all surely agree that education is important.

When we started brainstorming for this fall issue of Focus on Carlsbad, I knew I wanted it to center around education. More specifically, I wanted us to take a look at certain aspects of education, such as the benefits of early college while in high school (which you can read about on page 6), and everything that comes with learning English as a second language (story on page 24).

In addition, Mike Smith shares the story of a single mom, Mary Garwood, who decided later in life to attend college and obtain a degree. Although her path was far from easy, her story is sure to inspire you and serve as a reminder that regardless of the obstacle before you, with hard work and determination, you can make anything a reality.

Lastly, our Teacher Feature with Mark Barela-Eubank (page 22) shines a light on his passion for education, and goes to show there’s no limit to the type or amount of work one can do in that field.

I read a quote once that stuck with me regarding education. The philosopher and writer Jiddu Krishnamurti said that “there is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” I like that idea. It’s an idea that I have heard time and time again from teachers and professors, from mentors and even in the workforce – never stop learning! If you’re of the age or mindset that you’re finished with school and college is out of the question, check out our Simple Ways To Implement Learning piece on page 11. You’ll find some really basic, realistic ways you can squeeze learning opportunities into your schedule.

And what education issue would be complete without hearing from our readers who tell us all about their most influential teachers! Check out their Facebook responses on page 18 and see if any of your favorite teachers made the list!

If you haven’t done so yet, make sure and “Like” us on Facebook. Also, this publication would not be possible without the advertisers you see throughout each issue. Please let them know you saw their ad here and show them some love if you can! Until next time!

Best Wishes,

– Staci Guy, Associate Publisher