Chapter 6. Wealth and Education: Reading, Writing, and Riches


As knowledge spreads, wealth spreads.

 --President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822–1893)

Education costs money, but so does ignorance.[1]

 --Sir Claus Moser (1990)

The capacities to conceive of and implement new ideas drive all spheres of human progress, and cultivating these capacities is the goal of education. How populations are educated, therefore, will determine a country’s economic potential and trajectory. This correlation between education and prosperity has made schooling a priority in most Biological, Material, and Experiential populations. Over the past century, more people—in both absolute numbers and percentages of populations—have received better, more sophisticated education. ...

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