Why We Don’t Need Public Education, and Why We Do

What do we need public education for in light of this?

Ahaan Rungta and his family moved from Calcutta, India, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2001, the same year MIT announced OpenCourseWare (OCW), a bold plan to publish all of MIT’s course materials online and to share them with the world for free. Little did his parents realize at the time that their two-year-old son — already an avid reader — would eventually acquire his entire elementary and secondary education from OpenCourseWare and MITx, and would be admitted to the MIT class of 2019 at the age of 15.

“When I was five years old my mom told me ‘there’s this thing called OCW,’” says Rungta, who was homeschooled. “I just couldn’t believe how much material was available. From that moment on I spent the next few years taking OCW courses.”

When most kids are entering kindergarten, Rungta was studying physics and chemistry through OpenCourseWare. …

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Reflecting on his journey from Calcutta to Cambridge and the many intersecting moments with MIT, Rungta is grateful to his parents and to MIT for being responsive to his needs every step of the way. “MIT has been my middle school, my high school, my entire education. That’s pretty amazing. Some people think I’m gifted, but I don’t think so. OCW was a gift to me. I was lucky to be born at the time MIT was opening up education to the world and extra lucky that OCW brought MIT and me together.”

Rungta is being modest about being gifted, of course. But it is true that if he had been thrown into some inner city public school instead, he never would have had the same opportunity to achieve his potential. What a tragic waste that would have been.

Regarding the question of what we need public education for, its purpose is not to educate. Otherwise, we would stop spending ever more money to receive ever worse results. The purpose is to provide daycare, and to keep money flowing from taxpayers into teachers unions and from there to the Democrat Party.

Also, since not everyone is as bright and motivated as Rungta, government education is required so as to prevent education inequality.

Ahaan Rungta
Ahaan Rungta fortunately avoided government education.

On a tip from J. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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