What does "education" mean? Teachers, past, present and future, and students, it's time to blow the whistle. Complaints and confessions are needed. Name any problem--crime, depression (economic and psychological), sexism, racism, drug abuse, the breakup of marriages and families, etc, etc--and someone has already proposed that "education" is the solution. Does anybody ever stop to consider what these specialists (politicians, administrators, sociolgists, ecologists, psychologists, pedagogues and functionaries) mean by "education"? New myths for old The world renowned literary theorist and educator, Northrop Frye, described education as the process of getting rid of old myths, in order to replace them with new ones. Frye was a great believer in "myth," so his declaration isn't quite as cynical as it sounds. So let me play the cynic, although as you might guess, like most cynics, I'm really just a slightly bruised idealist.