Have you ever wondered why we don't have great minds today like Nikola Tesla And Thomas Edison? Or why our government lacks great statesmen like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington? The answer lies in government forced standards in education.
Have you ever noticed that with all of the rights stipulated in our founding documents, there is no mention of the rights to schooling? Was it merely an oversight of these great thinkers or a purposeful omission? I will take the latter answer as my own for in all their wisdom, it seems that such an omission was deliberate. They knew something then about education that has been lost on the generations of the present.
Most of these great thinkers were self-taught and what little formal schooling they had played only a minor role in the development of their character and creativity. They knew that not everyone would assimilate knowledge at the same rate, nor would people have interest or need in subject matter at the same ages. Many of these pioneers of ours were well read and self-sufficient before they were sixteen years old. Quite a few were very successful in business and trade before they were in their twenties.
They attended no schools yet knew more of math and the physical sciences than their college degreed counterparts in the modern age. And that is the reason why we have no such great minds stepping forth to solve the economic tribulations we now all face, not only here in the United States, but around the world as well. But there are rare instances where these creative and knowledgeable come forth and offer the solutions to problems. But because they are not only rare, but are bringing forth solutions that are so different than what is offered by the “well-schooled” in positions of commerce and government, they are labeled “radicals” and extremists by their peers, and in some cases imprisoned for their “insurgencies.”
No nation, regardless of its natural and human resources, will survive at length when it depends on institutions to maintain it. In production of goods, no company can survive when it must spend more than it can take in, and instead of prosperity there is bankruptcy at worst and stagnation as best. Innovation dwindles when there are so few that can see beyond what limited learning they get in schools.
The same is true with people as they are treated as resources by the corporations, and the corporations were the influencers of modern education in America. The goal was not to teach young minds how to think, it instead taught them what to think. It produced very rigid curricula in order to suppress self-confidence and free-thinking individuals. It was created to instate a class system that was to have working class and middle class segments of the population, those that would labor with their bodies and others who labored with their minds, but both within limitations so as to keep them in their place as it were.
In limited degree today, we have charter schools and home schooling advancing the idea that children can learn better outside the classroom. This has cause more than a little resistance from the many boards of education and the unions representing educators. And with hood reason they need to be concerned, for it is proven that these “alternative” schools and learning systems are vastly more effective than the government mandated systems in place.
Everyone has the right to an education but no one has the right to go to school. Learning never needs to cost the student or parent of the student, it must be part of the responsibility a parent takes on in raising children, just as instilling ethic and morals upon a developing mind is an obligation of parenthood. It was never meant to be in the province of the State to take on that responsibility.