Do you consider work as a payment? If something is free, does it just mean no money? These are the questions that you must consider when you are confronted with the phrase, 'The best things in life are free.' Yet, the worst things in life are also free. Both of these statement are true, when speaking of a monetary price. It seems that money is, normally, involved when considering 'good' things and money is, normally, not involved when considering 'bad.'
One example of a 'good' thing is math. One 'bad' example is racism. Oh yes, racism is still alive, in America. Like other life-forms, it has just experienced evolution. I have heard, seen and been confronted by racism. Certain levels of racism has become so common that it has grown to be a part of 'everyday life.' Though racism is no longer, openly, taught in our schools, it still holds a position in our education. Ask yourself, 'Where have I received the majority of my education?' Now, there are two ways to consider this one question: the traditional (school way) and the societal (relationship taught). First, one must define education. The Webster Dictionary defines it as such: the act or process of educating. And, it defines educate as; impart knowledge and training to develop mentally and morally by instruction.
It is easy to think of education the traditional way, relating it with school. But, in actuality, an education can be achieved from many places. Not just by the school, but also by one's parents, one's peers and even by one's general society. The 'chain of command,' of learning, takes the form of; PARENTS, PeeRS, GeneraL SocietY and school.
There are two sub-types of education. There is a 'bad' type and a 'good' type. The 'bad' type is USUALLY learned from one's peers and general society. Yet, the view one has of their peers is USUALLY derived from the education one receives from their parents. People in the military, government, doctors, lawyers, policemen, etc. make up the society. Many of these people were holding these positions when racism was accepted and/or taught by those accustomed to that way of life. This society overflows into the school atmosphere. I feel that there, also, exists an education that teaches some to endure racism. But, everyone does not receive this education.
Yes, many have changed their strong racist views. But, many have not. I am not looking for agreements or disagreements. I am only expressing how I feel, based on my experiences. 'Racism' is a good example to differentiate between 'good' and 'bad' education. Unlearn.