People travel the world to study the artwork and music of great men and women because of what it teaches them about themselves and history. They climb mountains and trudge through jungles to seek out the knowledge of one philosopher or another. They will pay thousands of dollars to hear a lecture by a great professor. There are beautiful minds untapped worldwide, and though they may be sparked by the law, by the microscope, or by the Word, they become flames by the work of the teacher. If society chooses to build stadiums instead of schools and cases instead of classrooms, it has already passed judgement on the importance of what I choose to do.
Without knowledge of law there is chaos. Without knowledge of medicine disease reigns. Some teachers sacrifice time and money and energy to teach people to read, but others sacrifice EVERYTHING to teach people to live. Education has built nations and lack of it has destroyed them. Knowledge is so revered that many civilizations believed that only the gods possesed it, yet society places so little value on those who seek to distribute it. If every last being on Earth were destroyed save two, they could recreate the world using our books. I am human, I am fallible, and all I have ever wanted to do from the depth of my soul is to be good enough to inspire someone else to be great. I would do it for free and unappreciated every day for the rest of my life. I believe in education like you believe in God. Judge me as you please.