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Why You Should Not Trust Your School Rulers have always taken care to control the education of the people They know their power is based almost entirely on the school and they insist on retaining their monopoly The school is an instrument for domination in the hands of the ruling class h Francisco Ferrer Anarchist proponent of the Free School Movement Free public education is an important aspect of society which has the potential to both empower or enslave us depending upon how we react to the system In countries like Spain religious education was the only way to learn until the early 20th Century and it was unlawful for poor people or women to be educated This is the case in many fundamentalist religious societies today In Europe and the United States attacks on public education are a cornerstone of reactionary political agendas In a capitalistic society where so much emphasis is placed on making rich people richer and protecting their private property we should wonder why people in power care about public education at all When we go to school we are taught that school will teach us what we need to survive in society by giving us the necessary skills to get a job and take care of ourselves but the system is not interested in our well-being It is only interested in what we can do for them The process of public education is a combination of rudimentary knowledge which we need to be able to serve the rich and powerful plus norming behavioral indoctrination intended to keep us from questioning the status quo when we become servants to the capitalists or the government by persuading us that the system which exploits us somehow exists solely for our benefit a blatant contradiction and a lie 1 The first task of public education in a capitalist society is to teach students to respect authority This is done
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