Live and Learn

Teach for the Philippines’ Clarissa Delgado offers her thoughts about addressing the education system’s woes.

When Clarissa Delgado was six years old, her parents caught her with bags packed, heading to the airports. She says, “I told them I was going to Texas. I don’t know why I chose that but I know that I want to see the world for myself.”

At 13 she surprised her parents by taking charge of her education, presenting them such a logical plan that they had to support her decision to attend boarding school in the United States. She recalls the conversation; “Listen, I love you guys very much. But I’m studying abroad because I want a broader education – so I’ve applied to Philips Exeter Academy. Here is my acceptance letter. And by the way, see you later!”

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