If you had a choice between learning trivia, and receiving a useful education, which would you choose? If you could choose between being competent, or being ineffective, which would you choose? If you could choose between depression and satisfaction, which would you choose? If you could choose between justice and injustice, which would you choose? If you could choose between reducing poverty and increasing it, which would you choose? If you could choose between making people happy or making them depressed, which would you choose? I am very sorry, but you don’t have the ability to make most of those choices because they have already been made for you, and many of them were not what you would have logically chosen.
Your ability to make choices that improve your life, and our lives are in other hands, superstitious hands. Every choice you make has an outcome. The value of the outcome depends on facts. We don’t know what the results of our efforts will be unless we understand the facts. Education is how we are acquainted with the facts. Superstition is a body of knowledge that is not based on fact. It is not true, and choices based on fantasy or fallacy will not produce the expected results.
Education should increase the value of our choices. If I want to make a child happy and I feed her candy, the result may not be a happy child. She may have jealous friends, health issues, or an insatiable desire for more. How I choose to make this child happier should be based on knowledge that I have about making her life better. Making her happy is more than stopping tears. Choosing to make a child happy will have an effect on the rest of her life, and the lives of those around her. Ethically, the choice to make her happy is better than allowing her to remain miserable. The application of kindness should in fact be kind. Education is how we prevent ourselves from making the right choice to do the wrong thing.
All education is economics. It is about increasing the ability of people to serve and protect each other. All of us are on this celestial lifeboat. We didn’t choose our situation or our neighbors. What we are able to ascertain as knowledge provides the beliefs that give us the ability to make choices, and the ability to make our choices more effective. We can change our environment for the better. We choose to make that change, or not. The choice is based on what we believe are the facts.
Part of the choice we make is due diligence, making sure that our effort will not be harmful, and making sure that it will be beneficial. Due diligence only works with fact. Folly produces incompetent results that are usually ineffective. They often do harm, or fail to provide benefit.
What history has called our education is not based on serving and protecting humanity, but it is based on accelerating poorly focused efforts toward goals that divide and weaken humanity. Poverty, injustice, and war are not waning. They are nourished by superstitious institutions that believe they profit from the injustice that divides humanity into camps that fight each other, and they sell loyalty to the highest bidder. The reason this can happen is educational failure that labels folly as fact. True knowledge leads directly to economic behavior without being diverted by its accelerants, which are influence, power, and money.
Education, facts about our serving and protecting each other, is based on logically guided behavior that is successful. The knowledge education provides is beneficial to humanity. While each fact is constantly checked for veracity, the quality of the veracity can be easily observed by its effect on humanity, and the human environment. The kind application of fact does no harm, and it is beneficial.
Superstition is based, not on behavior, but on the use of influence, power, and/or money to divert or control behavior. Knowledge about it will not withstand peer review, and public scrutiny. Superstition often does harm, and is seldom beneficial to humanity. It is easily detectable because it deteriorates the human environment, and there is an effort to hide the deterioration from public scrutiny.
Scientific law is fact when it coincides with nature. Nature does not change to coincide with scientific law, or any other facts. When we distribute what is purported as fact it must coincide with nature, or it is not factual. It is superstition, and it will have detrimental effects on the human environment, which is part of the physical environment that makes our existence possible, important, and pleasant.
Education gives us choices, and makes our choices count. Superstition does the opposite. It uses influence, power, and money to divert the utility of our behavior from logic and remove logical choices from supporting our human family. Superstition pushes humanity from the celestial life boat that it shares with nature. It teaches people to make poor choices. It is time to listen directly to reason and remove superstition from our environment, especially from our schools, who are commissioned to detect, test, treasure, and distribute knowledge.
Economics is complete. Serving some at the expense of others is not economic. There is one environment to be shared by all, enjoyed by all, and protected by all. Economics is the study of how we can understand that environment, protect it, share it, and appreciate it. Every aspect of education is a part of that study.