As Beatty explains, the education system is designed for rote learning and discourages the asking of "why" questions. Beatty justifies this as being for the best. For example, he says to Montag:
Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally "bright," did most of the reciting and answering while the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn't it this bright boy you selected for beatings and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal.
Beatty, always the voice of orthodoxy in the novel, perceives allowing individuals to stand out as exceptional as cruel to them. He applauds an education system that brings everything and everyone down to its lowest common denominator.
When Montag asks about Clarisse, Beatty responds by describing her as exactly what the education system does not want in a student:
She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but...
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