When a child is learning something because he/she displays an interest, is this not true education? Indeed how can we equate anything that requires force with “education”? Good ideas do not require force. If your idea must be forced onto an individual there is a very good chance that idea is worth less than a 100 billion dollar Zimbabwe note in 2009. This applies to all “government” dominated fields and is exactly the reason why all “government jobs” cannot be considered in the same breath as Free Market jobs that arise out of an existing or created market demand. The former relies on coercion and theft to exist and its incentives are for mendacity, chicanery, and deceit. The latter requires natural supply and demand to exist and its incentives are for excellence and healthy competition. They are beasts of vastly different worlds and must not considered in the same breath.
Learning and living are inseparable! When we separate the two, learning becomes indoctrination and living becomes comatose. This is a profound tragedy indeed and indicative of a society that insists on punishing its children by sending them to little prisons during some of the most formative years of their lives. When we are not actively learning something is this living or merely surviving? Learning does not start in kindergarten and does not stop after 12th grade or even after leaving the University. To live is to be constantly learning!
If you wish decadence onto a society you need not burn the books; rather you need only discourage the reading of those books. By this method a once great and powerful society can be brought to its knees. Children who despise learning and abhor critical thought will necessarily produce barbaric adults who believe violence and coercion is the best way to interact with each other and the only way to bring peace. Be careful what lessons you teach your children. They will embody those lessons to form the world of tomorrow.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Just do good things