The task this book undertakes is to articulate the many strands that, together, form the fabric of education. While at first sight they may appear to be unrelated to the topic, they will reveal themselves as interwoven in a way that is beautiful and compelling. In the end, they will point to some conclusions that are, to most people today, strange and uncomfortable. Hopefully, seeing with clarity how the results flow from underlying realities will make it easier for those confined by the currently prevailing view of education to gain a new perspective on this subject.
Not many will challenge the starting point of this investigation. It is a definition that is simple and straightforward:
Education is learning how to survive, and become a productive person, in the surrounding environment.