Children who are accidentally born in the artificially segregated region known as “The United States of America” are forced to attend an institution against their will for 12 years of the most impressionable part of their young lives. This alone is a glaring violation of the Non-Aggression Principle. It matters not whether one thinks it is in the best interests of a child to attend school. The basic principle is that we must allow children to make their own decisions as to what they want to pursue and learn. To interrupt this most natural progression of ideas is to invite intellectual disharmony and a lack of self-confidence in one’s own deep inclinations. The sooner we treat children as rational human beings with valid desires, the sooner we can have a just and peaceful world. Not even President Barack Obama is willing to send his two girls to public school. Isn’t that an indication of the quality of education that is acquired at such institutions?
Instead, instruct your kids to spend their free time learning real skills they can teach others, contribute to society, and make a business out of. How many subjects could be mastered in 12 years by a person left up to their own devices and curiosity? It is most tragic to imagine the amount of unseen waste of intellectual potential that occurs in stifling this beautiful process. Some people tell me “You went to public school and you turned out ok!” This is a common argument easily refuted by the economic principles of the seen and the unseen. These people only see me in the present time with all the achievements I have hitherto made. However they utterly fail to imagine what other wonders I may have discovered or fields I may have mastered or businesses I may have started had I not wasted those 12 years memorizing what other people thought it necessary for me to memorize. The unseen loss is seldom appreciated by anyone. This logic can also be applied to those unfortunate souls who believe that “government” creates jobs using the stolen money of the people to erect buildings that are both indifferent to the desires of the consumer and detrimental to human society as a whole. The “jobs” created are of an inferior quality and a lesser quantity than what could have been created if they spontaneously arose out of the peaceful and voluntary interaction of free individuals.
Government schools destroy and squash the beauty of human creativity out of existence. Our task is simply to allow it to flourish. There need be no strenuous effort on the part of parents or “teachers”. Just like it is fundamentally absurd to teach a plant to grow a tomato, it also fundamentally absurd to attempt to teach a child anything that he/she is not interested in learning. Through such futile attempts one will only succeed in alienating genuine emotion, suppressing true intellect, killing creativity, and destroying the desire to learn.
It seems the more I speak of the ills of public school with other parents, the more they take it as a direct affront to their method of raising their children. This is truly an unfortunate state of affairs. Are we all condemned to be carbon copies of our parents!? Some parents do not understand the absurdity of this notion. Some parents try to convince me that public school is a wonderful place for children to mingle together with a variety of other children. I tell them, “Yes a wonderful place where you have to sit down, shut up, and listen to a teacher who aggressively shoves useless bits of information down everyone’s throats by the threat that if you do not regurgitate it on command you will fail the class, get left back, and fall from society’s good graces.” They respond, “You oversimplify things. It’s not just about force. Sometimes you have to do things in life that are uncomfortable. You don’t like changing your daughter’s cloth diaper. Does that mean you will stop doing it!?” Yes because wasting 12 years of your life in a government indoctrination camp is equivalent to changing my daughter’s dirty cloth diaper.
A piece of information may be wonderful to some, and uselessly boring to others. Just like State healthcare claims ownership over our bodies; government schools claim ownership over our minds. A mind, once molded by propaganda from its most tender years, is painstakingly difficult to revive from corruption. It is the intellectual virus that infects our deductive capacities at their most basic levels. How is an indoctrinated mind able to awaken from its stupor to recognize the weight of its own ineptitude? Overcoming this initial hurdle is the first crucial step to one’s intellectual liberation.
“Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn
If we do not question accepted norms then we might as well swallow all the government propaganda thrown at us with mouths and legs open! This is not a mark of higher brained life forms. The ability to discern and critically analyze is what separates us from the hierarchy and hive mentality of bees and ants. We may have descended from beasts, and we may contain many remnants of their DNA latent in our own, but we are not beasts! We are humans with the capacity for self-reflection and higher brain deduction. Let us utilize these faculties lest they atrophy on their way towards evolutionary deletion.