Education reforms- especially in relation to the cost of higher education- are very much needed in this country. Student loan debt is soaring, states cut funding, and we're on a dangerous path to unaffordability. But tuition costs are not the only thing we need to address as a nation when we talk about education. We need to understand education, under its purpose, understand how it works. Education is absolutely critical to America and democracy as a whole. I'd go so far to say education is a requirement for freedom!
See, when you receive an education, you don't just get taught facts and figures. You are given fundamentals for life. High school and then college educations and equivalent training programs are then supposed to help you "learn how to learn." Learning how to learn is critical to keeping your awareness of the world growing. We need to embrace logic, reasoning, and critical thinking skills to ensure we understand the problems we face as a nation, the problems we face as a society, and the problems we face as mere human beings. Without this awareness, without the ability to reason and critically think for ourselves in an effective manner, our freedom can easily be taken advantage of.
Plenty of corporations and politicians will abuse our lack of understanding with buzz words and sound bites because they feel we are too stupid to really know what's going on. If you're unable to question your leaders, to questions your supposed representatives in a detailed fashion, you give up your liberty. You "out-source" liberty to another human being. We, the people, must be capable of listening to our representatives and going "hey, so uh, I don't think that will work because of XYZ." Otherwise we give up a good democratic process to bad ideas like "if we can build a wall to keep the ocean from eroding our land, why can't we build a wall to keep illegals out as well?"
There are many parts to my thesis on education. Please consider these in order-