Public education can work if it is limited to reading, writing and arithmetic. With bright children it is even possible to add elementary notions of geometry, the natural science and the valid laws of the country. But as soon s one wants to go farther, serious difficulties appear. Teaching at the elementary level turns into indoctrination. The party that operates the schools is in a position to propagandize its tenets and to disparage those of other parties.

Equality of opportunity, it is said could be provided only by making education at every level accessible to all. There prevails today the tendency to reduce all differences among various peoples to their education and to deny the existence of inborn inequalities in intellect, will power and character. It is not generally realized that education can never be more that indoctrination with theories and ideas already developed. Education, whatever benefits it may confer, is transmission of traditional doctrines and valuations. It is by necessity conservative. It produces imitation and routine, not improvement and progress. Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them.

In order to succeed in business a man does not need a degree from a school of business administration. These schools train the subalterns for routine jobs. They certainly do not train entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur cannot be trained. Genereal education plays only a minor role in the formation of the political, social and economic ideas of the rising generation. The impact of the press, the radio, and environmental conditions is much more powerful than that of teachers and textbooks. The propaganda of the churches, the political parties, and the pressure groups outstrips the influence of the schools.

«There is, in fact only one solution. The stat, the government, the laws must not in any way concern themselves with schooling or education. Public funds must not be used for such purposes. The rering and instruction of youth must be left entirely to parents and to private associations and institutions» -Ludwig von Mises

~ av Sigurd Mellqvist den 23/07/2009.

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  1. Hi,
    I agree with the majority points you have raised here in the blog, but in my opinion an entrepreneur should study business and learn from practicing what has been taught to them

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