I have no idea why you would want to call "classical education" something other than the name it has held for centuries.
That was just ignorance on my part - until I looked it up in response to your reply I thought 'classical education' was simply about a broadly-based, eclectic education which views all knowledge as inter-related. I was unaware of the whole 'trivium' thing, so thank you for challenging what I wrote.
I also have no idea why you would call the Industrial system something other than it's name for nearly a century (it was the Prussian system prior).
I was being pejorative, and perhaps a bit of an asshole as well. I feel that the term 'Industrial Education' hides the nature of the beast; I see it as training for particular tasks in order to fill specific roles in a way that benefits those at the top of the social hierarchy more than it does those in the middle or at the bottom. To my mind 'job training' is more in keeping with what I see as the strongly utilitarian nature of Industrial Education.
I perceive it as pompous, and believe it only muddies the waters for a rational discussion.
Sorry about that. I guess I fell into the sound-bite mode of discussion that seems so prevalent today. That aside, I truly am interested in honest and open dialog about such things.
The last part I agree with, and will simply say this is a historical normal. Knowledge is power, and just like other forms of power certain people attempt to hoard and prevent access to others.
Have you read any of Morris Berman's books? If not, then I recommend 'The Reenchantment of the World' and 'Wandering God'. They have a lot to say about what human consciousness might have been like before we learned to store wealth and before we developed strongly vertical social hierarchies.