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February 8, 2015 at 8:59 AM

Education: Learn for the love of it

Why does education always have to serve some material end? [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. This kind of materialism breeds a sick culture. The more that we attempt to tie education to the economy, the sicker our culture becomes.

The love of learning should be valued as much as the love of work. Learning in order to form a philosophy of life, a worldview and to know God’s works should be the primary motives of education.

These views, as alien as they are today, were once widely held. When learning is tied to earning as much as it has been in modern times, the learning process is corrupted. This corruption sickens the soul because it is natural to learn for the love of learning.

Life is more of a learning process than it is a earning process. Most of us value greatly what we have learned in life. Our culture should reflect that love.

Dale McCracken, Renton

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