During Slavery in America, it was against the law in many Slave States to teach Blacks to read. Why? Because, if Blacks could read, then they could write – and keep actual records (beyond just oral) – and keep track of things – and begin to think, and plan, and structure their own dreams, goals, and yes, even futures. That’s just how dangerous their owners/masters saw education for “the inferiors” to be, and they determined never to let that happen.
Fast forward to today in Afghanistan, and we see it again. We’ve seen it, repeatedly for centuries, where repressive governments – even well-meaning governments – have, often deliberately, denied millions upon millions of otherwise capable and competent people the opportunity to pull themselves out of the darkness of ignorance, to breathe in the fresh air of learning – and possibly even independence. The tribal warlords who run Afghanistan – its real rulers – don’t want that for their people. They want what they’ve historically wanted, had, and hung onto for centuries: power and control over others, no matter the cost. [Do you begin now, to understand why so many tyrants, dictators and rulers, including all followers of Karl Marx, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, etc., are so committed to destroying everything we hold dear – and why we must never give in?]