Purposeful thoughts

That was during the early twenties when so many public schools have up the ghost and closed their doors. Even the pretense of having an educated populace was ending. Politicians shook their heads and said sadly that universal education was a failed experiment. It was the business of responsible parents to educate their kids, somehow. Those who did not were bad parents. it was hoped that social, legal and religious pressures would sooner or later even force bad parents to due their duty to their offspring.so poor, semi-illiterate, and illiterate became financially responsible for their children’s elementary education. If they were alcoholics or addicts or prostitutes or if they had all they could do to feed their kids and maybe keep some sort of roof over their heads, that was just too bad! And no one thought about what kind of society we were building with such stupid decisions. People who could afford to educate their children were glad to see the government finally stop wasting their tax money education other people’s children. They seemed to live on mars. They imagined then that a country filled with poor, uneducated, underemployed people would not hurt them.

—Octavia butler predicting the future of education, from her work, parable of the talents

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