School is where wonder, curiosity and joie de vivre go to die. It’s where youth grows old, where a supple and dynamic spirit gets calcified, where childhood in the positive aspect becomes adulthood in the negative aspect. Reading, writing and reckoning form the basis of a real education, the rest is mostly thought-retardant; mental asbestos. You don’t have to go to school to learn groupthink and mindless conformity — the herd will teach you soon enough — but it pays to know what the ministries are really up to.
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