Humans have an innate interest in learning, as anyone with young children has observed. The problem for the U.S. ruling class is developing a technically well-trained population that is still submissive to authority.
Big business needs efficient bean counters. But they can't have well-rounded individuals undermining their authority, or worrying about things like democracy in the workplace. Start arguing with the boss at the interview and you won't have a job.
It's really hard to train someone to be technically capable but at the same time render them a zombie about all other matters in life. This is the quandary bourgeoisie-minded education reformers find themselves in.
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