“Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda…..To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction…………The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals…….We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education….If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!” Martin Luther King Jr., The Purpose of Education, Morehouse College Student Paper, the Maroon Tiger in 1947 (only partially quoted)
My take: As a former teacher of eleven years, I completely agree with King and know that government run education is a complete sham. And some “colleges” have “produced a group of close-minded” “illogical propagandists.” Ultra-liberal, American, hating professors. Shame on them.