Re: the right to purse excellence

Charles (quester@eskimo.com)
Fri, 2 May 1997 01:05:26 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 1 May 1997, Deborah Bartle wrote:

> Real education is not a very expensive venture. Real knowledge can be
> obtained quite cheaply.

`Real knowledge' about what? Some kinds of knowledge are neither cheap
nor easy nor quickly attained.

>
> I recall learning that the government force children out of their
> parents homes to go be 'educated' and that the illitercy rates
> have never again been as high as they were prior to forced schooling.

This is true. Illiteracy rates have never again been as high as they were
prior to forced schooling. This means the exact opposite of what you
thought it meant, but it is quite true.

There is much to be said against compulsory schooling in its present form.
But in every nation where it has been introduced, it has dramatically
enhanced the literacy rate.


- Charles -