and interaction. Human education, learning and progress stem from humanity's ability to collectively interact, discuss, debate and combine ideas. The ability to idealize, articulate, theorise, calculate, deduce, organize, coordinate, develope, engineer, implement, build and realize a dream requires the effort of an untold number of individuals.
Humanity's greatest achievement isn't fire, the wheel or agriculture. It's not the domestication of animals, star navigation, or the manipulation of metals. It's not the spear, sword, bow or firearm. It's not the cart, wagon, train, or automobile. Nor is it the boat, ship, airplane or rocket. It's not the road, highway or bridge. It's not the hut, house, castle or skyscraper.
Humanity's greatest achievement isn't any of these things. All of these things are incredible discoveries and achievements in and of themselves, but few if any would have become a reality without the sharing of knowledge and ideas.
Education, the ability of humans to share knowledge and improve upon it is humanity's greatest and most glorious achievement.
There have been periods in human history where progress stalled or stopped and sometimes even regressed. The cause of these setbacks all have the same theme. Those in power feared the spread of knowledge and tried to suppress it. The suppression of education has been the prevailing theme of every tyrant that has ever held power.
Unfortunately, that's as true today as it has been throughout human history. History proves that anyone trying to prevent the spread of education or the sharing of knowledge is only trying to maintain there own power or prevent ideas that could threaten their power.
This is why I have extreme misgivings when I hear about the privatization of education or the idea of homeschooling. I doubt the sincerity of anyone wanting to cut history, government or civic classes. I don't believe people who discredit art or music classes.
People who demonize teachers and professors are not to be trusted.
Anyone trying to restrict or prevent the education of others are would be tyrants of humanity's past.