(17-01-2013 01:04 PM)Free Thought Wrote: Everywhere has social problems. That fact will never change as long as humans are able to maintain the balance of the individualistic - large herd/clan based social structure which itself all but guarantees that societies will have problems due to the individualist nature we humans have as that will always cause conflicts through lesser emotions such as greed.
You speak of mandatory and free higher education?
It's not just the US, or China or Russia that can be singled out, to my knowledge, there is no nation on earth which has the massive resources needed to balance a mandatory, high level educative infrastructure as well as having other forms of hard and soft infrastructure at a high level as well, the only possibility I can think of that might be an exception in today's world would be Japan; it is able to afford a reasonably high level of education because of it's stranglehold on technological development which provides a powerful economy, however it has weakened infrastructure in other areas as a result.
To make high level education mandatory and free, you would have to subtract significantly from other important hard and soft infrastructure within the nation such as law enforcement, disaster response programmes, defence programmes, medical and industrial infrastructure, transportation, water, energy, communications, waste disposal, Earth monitoring networks. Every one would see a decrease in funding and resources due to the undoubtedly enormous amount the purposed educative system would eat up. That problem would not be helped by the inevitable population growth, which would tax the weakened areas even more, whilst taxing the educative system too.
Besides, putting the resources aside, education on such a scale would not remove social issues, unless of course you go the path of North Korea, wherein the educative system is surprisingly high level, but filled with propaganda and indoctrination methods. Or you could force everybody to be educated in sociological sciences, that might help a little, but it's not going to do much.
Your idealistic views are admirable certainly, especially giving everybody the same educative opportunities, but, I submit to you sir, that it is simply infeasible.
It's only infeasible if we're still operating on the monetary system when it's implemented. I will agree with you, it could never work in a capitalist society. But if we as a species were able to stop sucking the dick of the almighty dollar and create a government which didn't need the use of money we wouldn't just be able to implement education of the highest grade for everyone, everyone would also have the highest grade healthcare, crime rates would be lowered due to the overall intelligence (smart people have lower crimes rates than dumb people, and as much as I do hate to admit this. Take Europe and Japan for example. Europe has a crap ton of rape and murder, and don't you dare blame it on the immigrants, while Japan has relatively low crime rates in comparison.