Education Reform is Essential

If we want the republic, our representative democracy, to survive and thrive, education reform is most essential. If the ruler of any society is a moron, then that society is doomed. In a democracy, the people are the rulers. In times past, they trained their princes in philosophy, ethics, and science, so that they could be decent rulers. In modern times, the people are supposed to be the rulers. Mandatory public education is the corollary of republicanism. If we want a decent republic, we need high quality education. Practical skills, like mathematics, language, typing, programming, and robotics are good, but they are not the utmost important. Political philosophy, ethics, and science are of the utmost importance. When a kid graduates from high school, he or she ought to have read Burke, Kirk, Chesterton, Belloc, Shaw, Webb, Marx, Buckley, George, Keynes, Friedman, Mises, Hayek, Minsky, Adams, Jefferson, Paine, Lincoln, Alinsky, Darwin, Dawkins, Paley, Calvin, Aquinas, Aristotle, Rousseau, Hobbes, Plato, Hume, Ricardo, Popper, Putnam, Dewey, Rawls, the Bible, the Quran, Life of Mohamed, the Bhagavad-Gita, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Engels, Luther, etc. Before one can rationally vote, they must know the options that are available and the arguments for and against each. We need to take a "great books" approach to public education. Schools should teach speed-reading and have kids read the great books. Let them form their own opinions.

Rampant idiocy is destroying our society and our planet. Education is the only possible solution.

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