In the U.S. education is free and required. However, this does not mean that it is valued. When studying in Tanzania, I became aware of the differences in the value of education. Youth attended free primary school and after that had to pay. The price of secondary education was often the amount of the families yearly income. Unfortunately, many students were not abel to continue and had other responsibilities. Students generally in Africa were eager to learn. It was a priveledge, a way to understand their world, their lives, and eventually be able to make their lives, and others, better. Why is this generally not the flavor in U.S. schools? Does our culture truly value education?