A few thoughts came by, so I thought I'd share them with Bhagwad Jal:
1) Abraham Lincoln DID NOT attend any school, but taught himself how to read. Amazing! How could this happen, Bhagwad?
2) "The most successful 19th century entrepreneurs didn’t have much formal schooling, but they had a keen appreciation of learning" [Source]. How did these entrepreneurs learn, Bhagwad?
3) Thomas Alva Edison had "three months of official schooling" [Source]. How did this man create General Electric from scratch, Bhagwad?
History will almost certainly unearth the unpleasant fact (to you) that MOST great geniuses of the past did not attend school.
Indeed, the typical Indian schooling today has created more clerks and petty sheep than leaders. You are well aware of my attempt to convert these sheep into citizens. These are mere robots, Bhagwad, not people who love learning.
Maybe you are also unaware that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not complete their university education? True, they did go to school, but their mind was elsewhere, Bhagwad.
I assume you are not going to suggest that parents of these geniuses and presidents were CRIMINALS, and so the state was required to confiscate these people from their parents?
Perhaps you are unaware that it is possible for a human being to learn ANYTHING he (or she) wants to, at ANY stage in his or her life? The human brain is a miraculous super-computer. Its powers are not diminished just because you don't attend school. There are things that unschooled people know that you (or I) will never ever come to know. The human brain doesn't wither away easily. It learns from its environment. It is CONSTANTLY learning.
I await your essay that attempts to prove that compulsory education accompanied by punishment of 'criminal' parents (who "don't" send their children to school) is compatible with ANY sensible conception of liberty and morality.
And if you can't prove it, then why don't you simply admit it? We can then discuss more useful things, about implementing a system of education in India that ACTUALLY WORKS.
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