It is very easy to take education for granted, especially as someone who is exposed to intelligent people through work every day. Last year the situation with Malala, a teenage activist and blogger fighting for education rights in Pakistan was shot by the Taliban, really highlighted just how amazing it is that I am in a position to take this for granted. It was only in 1876 that it was recommended that education in Britain be made compulsory to stop child labour which, if you think about it, isn't that long ago in the grand scheme of things. Particularly if you start think about the gender bias, then it's even more astounding that I have managed not only to stay in school but even to go onto post-graduate studies in a subject of my choice.
Other innovations like edX, 10 x 10 and Pencils of Promise remind me that there are people out there trying to bring free, good quality education to everyone (not to mention charity gift sites like Good Gifts where you can donate towards various schooling needs on behalf of others) - I think that this is extraordinary.