Nobody has it all figured out. Not even the most learned scholar on the planet. I love to learn new things. Sometimes it is a blessing, and sometimes it isn't so much (Ecclesiastes 1:18). Many are on a quest for knowledge, and this is not a bad thing. One thing I am concerned about in our good ole U.S. of A. is Educational Freedom, and that subject covers a whole range of things. There is a progressive movement in our country to take away freedom in education and other freedoms. We may be the last place in the world that has it. However, the tide is changing and the door looks to be closing.
What is Education?
I have noticed that there are many in the public eye (politicians and such) who speak of education, and use words without really knowing or understanding what they mean. I have also been guilty of this. So let's look at the word "education" as defined by Noah Webster.
Education - comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.
Noah Webster said further:"To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties."
You see, the downside of Educational Freedom is that not everyone will take advantage of an education for themselves or their children. In a free system, a parent has the freedom to do a good job or not. However, if they care for their children, they will seek the best they can receive. Some people think that the State should do everything for them. And let me tell you, they are trying. I am weary of a politician that promises to make my life better. The only way he or she could do so now is to minimize the government tyranny that is covering the land. The government has already transferred guardianship of your children to themselves. They reserve the right to take them if they don't like how you are raising them. Just like you are paying rent for your property in the form of taxes. The State will evict you if you fail to pay your rent (taxes), therefore trampling parental and private property rights (which are granted by God Himself). We are living in an increasingly government coerced system where achievement, incentive, and success are diminished to almost nothing. This is the alternative of freedom in education.
Does Everyone need a College Education?
There is an expectation from many in our country that everyone should have a college education. I remember hearing in public school that I would "ruin" my life if I didn't get a college education. They forgot to tell me about the countless entrepreneurs in our country that only have a high school diploma and are millionaires. Politicians have been maneuvering and manipulating the system so that everyone will be able to get a college degree. That sounds nice, but in doing this, the value of a college education is diminished. We now have college educated ditch diggers. It reminds me of a cartoon a few years ago called "The Incredibles." The bad guy wanted to kill off all of the super heroes so that he could promote an invention that would make everyone like a super hero. As a result he would make a great deal of money securing power for himself, and as he said, "when everybody is super, nobody will be." That is what Communism and Socialism do to the world. Sure, the goal is that everyone has an equal share (which never really happens), but the result is that everyone equally shares in misery. It is almost like turning the country (or the world for that matter) into a prison.
There is a movement here in the United States to cage those who are in the learning process to a particular doctrine. The central powers on high are striving to command what will be taught in schools, what money will be spent, what food will be eaten, etc... The intention is to make things "fair" and equitable for the "common" good. They are also under the impression that free individuals shouldn't be allowed to think for themselves. Why exactly I don't know other than the fact that they probably believe that we aren't "qualified." That is similar to what the old Soviet Union use to say and do. I have heard many politicians say that they want "Unity." Who doesn't want unity? However, I am seeing an effort to coerce people into "Uniformity."
Unity is the "state of being one or oneness." Unity is a thing undivided itself, but separate from everything else.
Uniformity is the state or quality of being uniform overall sameness, homogeneity, or regularity: uniformity of style.
You can have unity without uniformity, but you you can't have uniformity without unity. Unity however, is not genuine unless everyone is in agreement to strive for the "good" of the land by their own free will and desire. There are only two ways to do this. You can allow people to be free. Allow them to succeed and fail. Inspire them and give them incentive by protecting their basic God-given rights (See the Constitution) so that the desire to strive for the good of their fellow man and society will be open. Or, you can coerce them into a uniform mold and punish them if they deviate or defect from the common edict of the land. The latter unfortunately is where we are headed. You can be "unified" and have different purposes and functions in society. You can have unity and make less money than your boss. A doctor and a nurse can have one purpose in their mission to treat patients at a hospital and do it effectively. However, they have different jobs and whether we like it or not, they are not equal in value. They are both valuable mind you, but in different ways. The communist progressive wants it both ways. They want unity and uniformity. But not by free will. They want the nurse and the doctor to make the same money because they think it isn't fair (social justice) that the doctor make a higher wage. They think that the doctor will be motivated by sheer charity due to the humanist philosophy stating that "man is basically good." I submit that he or she should be motivated by charity, but that is an unrealistic expectation by the progressives in this world and their ability to manage it. (Ecclesiastes 3:17-22; 1 Corinthians 2:14). Progressives are afraid of differing philosophies and opinions. Different interpretations of the facts makes them uneasy and they many times out of their fear will seek a way to silence the opposition. This is why we are seeing censorship of Christians all over the country. True Christianity is diametrically opposed to the progressive philosophy. Now I submit that nobody is being executed for having a different opinion, but if this current movement isn't stopped, it will happen. You can mark my words.
Personally, I would rather live with the downside of freedom, which is the freedom to fail, rather than live with the upside of progressive communism. The progressives are well funded, and know that people want security and a guarantee. The only guarantee one can truly receive comes from God. Because of the sin of man, the world is cursed and there are troubles in it. That is true whether you are a bond-slave or a free person. So I prefer freedom. Freedom to live out my Christian faith in peace, or as much as can be expected. However, if freedom isn't promoted soon by our government, I believe we are in for a rocky road ahead.