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Regarding American EducationEducation has long been the mark of a civilized land, of socioeconomic status, and a means to obtain power. "Knowledge is power," said Francis Bacon, and indeed it is. Those who have knowledge retain power over those who do not, whether that knowledge is the ability to read Latin or what the value of a certain stock will be in the future. Knowledge gives people additional choices, and if there is one thing that those living in a capitalist democratic republic such as America love, it is choice. And for many years, education through the factory school K-12 system was seen as the best way to obtain knowledge, and therefore power.Let us look back several centuries. Education was, and in many regards still is, a mark of socioeconomic status. Peasant farmers required the assistance of their progeny to bring in the harvest and to complete other such chores necessary in an agrarian economy. Only the nobility had the luxury of sending their children to be educated. Such an educa
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