Dan D'Amico has his ear to the ground when it comes to libertarian rumblings all over the world. In this instance I am very thankful. This clip from Richard Dreyfuss is outstanding. I don't know much about Dreyfuss's politics, and in this context I don't really care because the sentiments he expresses here are the same educational sentiments that I hold dearly and motivate me as a teacher. It is about learning how to think, and from that, all else follows.
UPDATE: Here is a discussion of Dreyfuss's civics initiative. He refers to his current position as pre-partisan. He wants to focus on the educational mission that gives students the tools to be informed participants within the democratic process. James Buchanan has argued for a similar role for the economists within a democratic society --- to give students the tools of reasoning and understanding of evidence to be informed participants.