Kaloyan Vachev

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Kaloyan Vachev
Posted over 1 year ago
Politics for Education
What people have to realize before any significant progress can be made in education (titled The Economics and Politics of Education): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41hbnI_cH9I
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Kaloyan Vachev
Posted over 2 years ago
Why is the idea of education so strongly tied to a structured and systematic way of learning? Do other teaching styles have equal value?
The second part of what you said is a crime against rationality. First it ignores the fact that there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to achieve something with the least possible effort (that's what laziness means). In fact this is one of the very reasons for human progress. Secondly, you do not take into account how clever people are and that learning things is a natural part of life (I'm pretty sure you weren't forced by a government official, or by anyone else, to learn to walk, talk do thousands of other things). Also, do you think people did not invent and improve anything in the tens of thousands of years before there was public education? And anyone who claims that human beings are naturally bad in any way should remember that governments are merely groups of humans.
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Kaloyan Vachev
Posted over 2 years ago
Why is the idea of education so strongly tied to a structured and systematic way of learning? Do other teaching styles have equal value?
The absence of government does not result in chaos. Individuals demand order and it is supplied like any other good or service. There are examples of this occuring in the past as well as today. There are also writings explaining how and why the private provision of everything is economically superior to government coercion. Of course, if you're like most people, you've never spent as little as five minutes reading anything that seriously considers the possibility of a stateless society. The reason for this is that you assume government is good and necessary and consider this unfounded assumption to be absolutely and unquestionably true. You cannot do that and simultaneously claim to be a reasonable person.
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Kaloyan Vachev
Posted over 2 years ago
Why is the idea of education so strongly tied to a structured and systematic way of learning? Do other teaching styles have equal value?
I guess I should have clarified what I meant. A free society is one where there is no government coercion or at least it is brought to a minimum. Instead all goods and services are provided privately through voluntary exchange. For education this means an incentive (the possibility for profit) to invent and test all sorts methods to educate people. Failure would result in loss, not in increased government funding, which in effect rewards the bureaucrats for inefficiency and deteriorating quality.