Robert A. Teegarden's Blog

February 20, 2010

We Don’t Need No State Education

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Robert @ 4:15 am

Sheldon Richmond gives us pause (http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/tgif/no-education/). What is this thing called schooling all about?  What are its ends?

If we quibble around the fringes of process, curriculum, ownership and control we fail to fathom the depths of why we educate our kids.  Is it not to produce good people… people of character and fiber?  Who can really do that but parents?

The pause has us ask fundamental questions that are not part of the current debate.  With sheckles come shackles.  The source of the funding too often determines the direction one travels. Maybe it’s time to examine why we do what we do and for whom we do it.

The task of education is too precious to leave in the hands of the state and too previous to leave at the behest of politics and power. 

We all need to heed Socrates’ dictum that the unexamined life is fraught with peril.

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