What does education really mean today?

From the time man developed the tools to read and write, education has been a social status marker. Those who are educated are considered better-or at the very least, more intelligent-than those who are not. At first, it was only the rich and powerful who possessed the knowledge to read and write: kings, who led wars and people; priests and other religious figures who led the people spiritually; and scribes who took down what others would not or could not. Reading and writing, the very basis of learning, were not for the poor masses.

Time and the evolution of man have of course changed this, and the number of people who are illiterate is smaller than the number of people who are literate. However, this positive development has only given way to more intense markers of education, which in turn mark social status. In…

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