After reading some ideas from Gikgik about education (decay of democracy on the steam workshop), I started thinking about the concept of the education simulation and its implication for modding policies. It is also quit important to have a good understanding of what it means as it is one of the most important data in Democracy 3 (who doesn’t try to maximize it?).
What does the simulation node of Education stands for? Does it represent the amount of skills the citizen have or does it go beyond skills?
If it is about skills, then:
Only policies providing usable knowledge or skills should affect education: sports, langage, school funding.
All other types of policies that takes school time without teaching skills should actually diminish the education value and affect other values. Sex education is socially useful and affects behaviour but doesn’t teach any form of skills. School prayers and singing the national anthem takes time (not much) that could be used for other things. Compulsory sports classes improves health by improving physical fitness but doesn’t improve education in itself.
This could be counterbalanced by an uncancellable policy defining school time. More school time costs more but means teachers have more time to teach.
However, this means that maxing out the education value should only affect technology, productivity and other purely economical datas and policies regarding education should affect other datas.
If education is about more than skills, then it means having a certain idea of what an educated mind should be. Then and only then can we start to design which policies affects positively or negatively education. If we follow certain atheist ideas, all policies allowing religion to get into schools should negatively affect education. If we follow certain post-modern ideas, then all policies introducing national elements should negatively affect education. And the list goes on.
In the spirit of simulation, I don’t think this is the way to go.
Also, the evolution of the quality of education in a larger sense takes time to make society evolve. The rapidity of change in Democracy 3 is therefore problematic.
What do you think, people?