Should we get rid of schools altogether? (It’s worth asking.)

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I think we have to ask the question.

A long time ago very few people went to school. This was for a number of reasons:

  1. education was reserved for a privileged few
  2. there were very few schools schools anyway
  3. you didn’t really need one as could learn all you needed to know from family and friends anyways

The modern economy took care of the first two. It only temporarily removed the last and now, ironically, it has brought us back to the same conditions: As machines first replaced our muscle capacity they’re now replacing out cognitive capacity. When that’s complete, it won’t strictly be necessary to learn to read, write and do ‘rithmetic, not economically necessary anyways. The wheels of the economy can keep going with what you and I can pick up on our own. So maybe, soon, we won’t need anything like school as we know it.

That leaves us with the question, What will an education be for?

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