To educate is to civilize; to civilize is to educate. (That sentence is all infinitives except for the two verbs. Mastery of the grammar of one’s mother is the foundation of one’s own education — not training.)
The politicians — under pressure from corporations wanting to secure their place at the top .01 percent — are pushing for the dominance of math and science in the public curricula — just the wrong balance. It is all the other disciplines, notably history, which tend to educate, not train.
Particularly important is to educate our “E” through 12th grade children. To train them instead for the computer cubicles of IBM, Cargill and Syngenta is not only misguided but it’s also a financial burden for local school districts.
We are in dire need of civilizing.