Education Reform And Partisan Propaganda Essay

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It is likely that in our lifetime we will witness some form of educational reform. We need to be involved in this process to ensure that the reformed educational system focuses on knowledge, not propaganda. Education is the most powerful propaganda known to man. The subtle seduction of education can accomplish what legions of soldiers cannot. It can change the prospects of a generation! It can illuminate the darkest corners of the mind! It can shade the luminous opportunities of the future! A good education can ennoble a populace, granting them access to true knowledge, freeing them from the chains of ignorance and despair. A bad education does just the opposite, enslaving the people and leaving them to lives of misery.
Tacitus, the great Roman historian, shows us what happens when the citizenry allows the perversion of the educational system. He tells us of the Britons, a warlike and violent race by all accounts, who, thanks to the education that was provided by the Romans, were led toward a life of ignorance and servitude. They thought that the Roman designed educational system was meant to bring them civilization. Step by step they adopted those things they thought the Romans held dearest: the toga, the bath, the elegant banquet. But this was all part of the Roman plot. The Britons, in their ignorance, called all of this civilization, when it was but a part of their servitude. Tacitus writes of this accomplishment so that the reader may know that education, in which all place faith, may be used not to spread enlightenment, but to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same level, to breed a standard citizen, to put down dissent.
Today, we hear elected officials call for educational reform so often that it seems as though we are standing in an echo chamber. Make no mistake; the educational system is badly in need of reform. Those who have gone before us shattered that system which educated my grandfather, that system which was based on nearly 2,000 years of experience. That system, under which my grandfather was tutored, was...

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