A Short History of Education
We in the U.S. view education is a “right” because the laws mandating required attendance give parents no optional choice, other than homeschooling. What most people don’t understand is that education is federally funded to develop a workforce that meets the needs of the national economy and businesses’ needs for a skilled workforce. These laws began when manufacturing was located in cities where there was an abundant supply of unskilled workers. Manufacturers employed children for reasons of size (fingers, hands, bodies that could reach into small spaces) and economics (children would be paid less).