Very amusing piece by Samuel Arbesman of Arbesman.net on how the educational system in the wizardly world of Harry Potter is a disappointing failure.
When it comes to the world of Harry Potter, no doubt many children think the idea of learning witchcraft and wizardry at Hogwarts seems wonderful. Unfortunately, the magical world of education in J.K. Rowling?s books is terribly broken.
As near as I can tell, if you grow up in the magical world (as opposed to be Muggle-born, for example), you do not go to school at all until the age of eleven. In fact, it?s entirely unclear to me how the children of the wizarding world learn to read and write. There is a reason Hermione seems much more intelligent than Ron Weasley. It?s because Ron is very likely completely uneducated.
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