For whom education is?

“Education should take a form that enables it to be available to all children or at least all children capable of benefiting from it.

The education system we should aim for is one in which every boy and every girl is given the opportunity to attain the highest level of education in this world.”

“Children capable of benefiting” are obviously not limited to children of the aristocracy; working class children are also included.  Also included are children with special needs, such as handicapped children.

Russell argues that, not only should all children be given equal opportunities to receive the best possible education, but individuals with special needs should be given specific education.

He was aware of the danger of equal opportunity leading to inequality and the necessity of individual education where individuals with special needs were concerned.

It may be too idealistic, but this focus on individual needs, rather than a blanket equal opportunity, is what most parents keenly desire.

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