Excellent article by LENORE EALY over at the Foundation for Economic Education. http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/is-education-policy-economic-policy

You really are depriving yourself if you skip clicking the link and reading the article.

Ms. Ealy quotes Charlotte Mason, someone held in high esteem among educators, especially home-educators. Quoting–

“Is education policy economic policy? Only if we believe the laborer or taxpayer is the father of the man. In Towards a Philosophy of Education, nineteenth-century English pedagogue Charlotte Mason observed that

we are slow to learn because we have set up a little tin god of efficiency in that niche within our private pantheon which should be occupied by personality. We trouble ourselves about the uses of the young person to society. As for his own use, what he should be in and for himself, why, what matter? Because, say we, if we fit him to earn his living we fit him also to be of service to the world and what better can we do for him personally? We forget that it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God shall man live, —whether it be spoken in the way of some truth of religion, poem, picture, scientific discovery, or literary expression; by these things men live and in all such is the life of the spirit.

Also, she says,

“The person, in other words, precedes the nation and the state. To get this backwards and make the State the tutor of the man is to forget the ends of both liberty and learning. ”

A commenter in the comments section at FEE quoted me, kinda: Add two words to our First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or education, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …

Can you imagine if our schools were as successful as our houses of worship? I suggest they would be if we had no laws establishing (truancy) or restricting.