The purpose of education is to make life better, for individuals and for the world. If education does not serve this purpose, it should not be taking place.
A great deal of education in the contemporary world is, by this standard, either wasteful or harmful. But because of the benefits of education in the past, “education” has become a sacred cow, where most people have been taught to defend it and worship it reflexively, and to give in to all of those who claim that they are providing “education.”
But if we are to create a better world, we can no longer give advocates of education a free pass. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” and insofar as advocates of education want to protect themselves from criticism they are not worthy of the name. We need to be clean, pure, and ruthless in our attack on the sacred cows of education, so that in the future young people will be able to live in a world in which most educational institutions, most of the time, provide authentic value for individuals and for society.