The video below is just a tiny bit bombastic in approach. Just a smidge. But it’s still a good (if extreme) reminder: formal, compulsory education is always about turning people into something they aren’t, or weren’t. It always imposes its own value system. Whether that’s beating the “native” out of Native Americans, or merely telling kids they need to stay focused on getting a degree instead of going into the trades—formal education is never neutral. Formalism and bias are inseparable.
As such, education is an act that should always be engaged in with profound humility. With great sensitivity, and with a weather eye on unintended consequences.