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Nearly a century ago a French sociologist wrote that every institution's unstated first goal is to survive and grow, not to undertake the mission it has nominally staked out for itself. Thus the first goal of a government postal service is not to delivery the mail; it is to provide protection for its employees and perhaps a modest status ladder for the more ambitious ones. The first goal of a permanent military organization is not to defend national security but to secure, in perpetuity, a fraction of the national wealth to distribute to its personnel.

It was this philistine potential — that teaching the young for pay would inevitably expand into an institute for the protection of teachers, not students — that made Socrates condemn the Sophists so strongly long ago in ancient Greece.
Author: John Taylor Gatto, Source: Dumbing Us Down, pp. 58-9Saved by cboyack in government goal school teacher growth institution student 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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