We Don’t Want No Cultivation

Ever since the invention of education, sensitive and idealistic individuals have lamented that it has been perverted for instrumental ends, and ought instead to be about “inner cultivation”. This simply won’t happen, for one key reason: primary and secondary education is paid for by parents, directly or though taxes. They have much financial and moral power over university education as well. Since they pay the piper, they also call the tune; the most charitable explanation of what most intend to obtain for their money is economic security for their offspring, as hardwired by evolution. A less charitable explanation is their own social status; as in “My son, the Doctor”. In neither case does “inner cultivation” have a ghost of a chance, for the product is demanded by only a tiny fraction of the parental market.

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 11:47 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, Hugo Grinebiter's Schooldays

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