This is part of Chapter 4 of my book "You Cannot Serve God And Money". The chapter title is "Kingdom Economics: Why The Economic System Of The Kingdom Of God Is Different And Superior To The World's System".
The modern education system, where children leave their homes to learn from a teacher in a classroom, was introduced by industrialists during the Industrial Revolution. Schools were introduced to produce workers to work for the rich and soldiers to protect the assets of the rich. Prior to that children learnt from their parents at home to operate as self-employed entrepreneurs.
Education as we know it today is essentially about programming and conditioning people to look for jobs and therefore work for other people. Students start off as generalists and end up as specialists the further they make it up the educational ladder. Industry demands that people know as much as they can about a particular area, because the workplace is designed for specialization. So students know more and more about less and less until they become experts in a particular area.
The ultimate goal for education and training is for people to trade their energy, skills, knowledge and time for money. Who has the money? The answer is: The government and business people (the rich). The employment contract is used by rich people to entice workers and keep the employees working for them in exchange for salaries and other benefits. When it comes to payday, the workers find to their horror that a large portion of their income goes to the government in the form of income taxes. A large portion of the tax dollars then gets transferred to rich people through a myriad of government-sponsored programs and projects in the name of service delivery or defense.
Of the balance of the income which the working class receive from their employers, the second biggest expense is rent which the workers pay to the owners of the houses, flats, apartments and condos they live in. Who owns these buildings? The rich! That is why the real estate market is generally not regulated, and rental rates are high. Why would rich people want to pass laws that will curtail their objective of squeezing as much money out of working people by way of exorbitant rentals?
The third biggest expense (for some people it may be the first or second) is debt repayment. The working class are generally up to their necks in debt. Who do the poor and working class borrow from? The rich!
What is left is spent on food, transport, utilities and other necessities – all of which are supplied by the rich. Who sets the prices for these items? The rich! Not only do the rich set their base prices: When costs of production increase, they raise their prices by more than the rise in costs. Some even raise their prices for no reason other than to maximize profits. So the rich use inflation to transfer wealth from the poor and working class to themselves.
I do not know what you will make of this, but here is something G. Edward Griffin stated in his book titled The Creature from Jekyll Island:
“The purpose of the foundation [the General Education Board] was to use the power of money, not to raise the level of education in America, as was widely believed at the time, but to influence the direction of education…The object was to use the classroom to teach attitudes that encourage people to be passive and submissive to their rulers. The goal was – and is – to create citizens who were educated enough for productive work under supervision but not enough to question authority or to seek to rise above their class. True education was to be restricted to the sons and daughters of the elite. For the rest it would be better to produce skilled workers with no particular aspirations other than to enjoy life.”
The General Education Board of America was set up by John D. Rockefeller in 1903, supposedly to advance the cause of the peoples’ education. The creature from Jekyll island is the US Federal Reserve System, which is a private and secretive banking cartel that performs the role of reserve or central banking to the American banking and financial system. The people who set up the education system created the US Federal Reserve System 10 years later in 1913. Griffin alleges in his book that the education system in America was designed by the ultra-rich and powerful to keep the people ignorant of financial education - which is “true education” - which the children of rich people would receive at home.
If we look intently into the results the education system has produced in the lives of the academically educated and literate but financially uneducated and illiterate working class all over the world, we would realize that what Griffin says is credible. Generally, the working class works for the rich all their lives without making any progress in their own lives! They work for money, buy things and seemingly enjoy life, and get nowhere. Having a paid job is akin to slavery. In the days of slavery, the slave owners would feed and house the slaves, and extract the slaves’ time and energy for free, without the slaves making any progress in life. It was a life of comfort and ease for the master and drudgery for the slaves.
Today, workers do get paid, but the pay is usually just enough for them to survive from payday to payday. As we have seen, the money ends up back in the hands of the rich. The general experience of the working class over a period of some 40 years, which many have come to refer to as the ‘rat race’, is:
1. Go to work;
2. Get paid;
3. Pay taxes, debts and bills; and
4. Go back to work.
It is like jogging on a treadmill – a financial treadmill. The reading on the machine indicates how many hours someone has been running and how many miles or kilometers, and the person can feel the physical effects of sweat and loss of energy on the body, but has that person actually gone somewhere? The answer is “No”. After spending so many years working for the government or corporations, the majority of workers end up broke and fall back on charity or government support programs (e.g. pensions, social security and superannuation) once they reach retirement and old age.