Fundamentally, education and the internet serve the same purposes. At best, both transfer knowledge. At least, both transmit information. And just now both are at risk from the same general quarter.

When Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and set in motion the movement that eventually would lead to free universal education in the United States, he meant to serve the landed gentry and wound up bestowing a precious gift on all classes and races of the citizenry. And when J.C.R. Licklider of MIT wrote "On-Line Man Computer Communication" for the Defense Department's Advanced...

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