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The Value Of Education


When I read Henri Erti’s letter in the July 20 Transylvania Times questioning our county’s spending for public education in general and early childhood education in particular, I was initially dumbfounded. As Mr. Erti acknowledged, studies show that $1 invested in such early childhood education reaps $14 in benefits.

On re-reading, however, I realized it was a brilliant satire closely modeled on Jonathan Swift’s 1729 “Modest Proposal” to solve the problems of impoverished Irish peasants by having them sell their children to wealthy aristocrats as part of a high protein diet. (...

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