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Why is primary education such a big deal?And should education mean the same for all?Should there even be standards for what one can learn?

Growing up in a country plagued by poverty i don't understand the great stress on education. Most people in my country are involved in agriculture. And they would rather send their children to the fields then to a primary school and i can't argue with it. Because i can't see how primary education will help them rise from poverty.Surely what comprises education for the these poor should be different from what it is for me in the urban middle-class. So what should they be taught in primary education? Letters, languages or how to improve productivity and avoid uncertainty in farming?

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    Oct 21 2013: I often recommend Banarjee and Duflo's book Poor Economics. One section addresses the benefits of each additional year of schooling for the population about which you are asking. Most of parents who are surveyed do not hope for their children to be farmers or small business people, even if the parents are in those occupations. Education can improve productivity, but it also can become a pathway to a career different from that of their parents.

    This does not mean education should be the same for all, but the value of primary education, including instruction in reading and writing has been demonstrated in research.
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      Oct 28 2013: great book suggestion. i am definitely gonna read it. thanks.

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