One of the things that Swift examined critically in Gulliver's Travels is the government's role in education. Where in the book does it talk about the government's role in education? What does it mean that the portrayal of education in Gulliver's Travels mirrors the debate over the issue today, as it centers around inequality and barriers to keep the wealthy and the elite dominant and prevent anyone from challenging that dominance? 

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When Gulliver is among the Lilliputians, he learns about their system of education. Swift writes, "parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children." Parents must deliver their children, both boys and girls, to state-run nurseries when the children are 20 months old. There, the children are trained to occupy roles that are similar to those of their...

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