Albert Jay Nock on Mass Education

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The Prussian system, as reformed by Humbolt, was oriented toward the goal of creating good citizens. This is an obvious goal for a nascent empire that is consolidating multiple distinct populations with different languages and political systems.

In The Unheavenly City Revisited , Edward Banfield suggests that East Coast WASPs adopted the Prussian model in order to address the Irish question. Banfield maintains that the East Coast WASPs had never encountered a people that was not self-motivated to succeed and function as active, productive members of American society. They never contemplated that the efficient system of private charity in the almshouses could be overtaxed, because they assumed American citizens were only transiently poor and always eager to generate wealth and contribute to the nation. I think the model succeeded in the sense that it partially assimilated many of the unruly immigrant populations to the superior WASP way of life.

But this beneficial aspect of the system has been eliminated. So now we're left with an empty, centralized shell that functions through the Congressional Spending Power to spread ideas that, for all intents and purposes, should be regarded as nation-destroying. Of course this wouldn't be a problem if the worthless GOP could balance their state budgets and extricate themselves from Federal control.
That's exactly the problem. In 'merica, a bachelor's degree is now the equivalent of what a high school diploma was a few decades ago. It's practically essential to obtain an entry-level job that isn't retail or waiting tables, so universities have turned into diploma factories brimming with students who shouldn't be there and probably don't want to be there, and who in turn are saddled with thousands of dollars of debt.

Combine this with the amount of emphasis, at all levels of education, given to sensitivity training, tendentious history, and making morons feel good about themselves, rather than rigorous and relatively impartial exposure to subjects that actually matter, and it's easy to see why this system is a disaster.
Is that a rhetorical question?