Theresa: To give young people a chance to expand their knowledge, take healthy risks, learn how to work with others, learn from mistakes, read things they might not read on their own.
Terra- In order for our next generation to be competitive with other countries we must not only have just an educational system, but one that is preparing our children to be successful, thoughtful and imaginative innovators.
Tom – We’d have lords and peasants. No strong middle class.
Emily: Having an education system is essential in order to stay competitive or have ANY chance in a global economy. As we have seen, we have outsourced so many jobs due to lack of competitive training. I can’t imagine NO education system in place. We would fall off the map. The “opportunity for all” ideal would become “opportunity for few” and everything in turn would be affected. Education creates opportunity for all things, and the absence of a system would have a trickle down effect into how businesses operate and communities organize. Decisions about how to make up the lack of a system would be made by households…some which, may not place their top value into education. Children would be at the mercy of their parents to decide what their promise would be. I’d rather not think about it anymore! yikes..
Thomas – There will always be an education system. But without a formal system with schools, teachers, etc. then fathers will teach sons, mothers will teach daughters, and we will be doing the same work a…s our parents – whether that’s being a butler, cook, or candle-maker. Forget technology – that implies math and scientific knowledge. I’m sure there are some countries where this model of non-education takes place – and that’s probably the one thing that sets a country like the US apart from some other nations.
Terri: I believe our country would become chaotic. The economy of the U.S. would be in turmoil and become unstable without properly educated people to guide our gov’t, investments/trading, construction of buildings & roads. Businesses may fail without properly educated employees.
Karin-The world would be self-made (for those with the drive to learn on their own), and at a stalemate (after all, without someone to teach and pass things on, how would we move forward?).
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.
Well said, comrades.