Education is one of the most discussed issues in America. Depending on where you live, the education given in school systems are either very well-respected, almost non-existent, or somewhere in-between. An example of a poor school system can be seen in Detroit. “At one Detroit school, just 4 percent of third graders scored proficient on Michigan’s English assessment test.” This rate of illiteracy has resulted in the filing of a lawsuit that states children have the constitutional right to learn to read and write, since it is basic education.
This current situation can be related to our class discussion of Kantian ethics. Kant argues that in order for an action to be moral, you must look at the intentions. The act must be rational. One way of testing this is by using the Universal Law Formulation. In order for an action to be rational, it cannot be self-defeating. For an action to be self-defeating, means that if everybody were to do it, then it becomes impossible to do, thus it would be irrational.
The action at hand is striving for all children to be given a basic education. This would be a rational action in Kant’s opinion because it is not self-defeating. If everybody was literate and decently educated, people would still be able to, and want to be educated since we are born uneducated and we are in a world where you must be educated and able to read and write in order to succeed. Therefore, the action of trying to get all children a basic education is rational, well-intended, and moral.