Education has changed over time. In becoming more specialised and gaining more training, we have become less educated. Institutions are now focusing on areas outside of traditional education and the development of the human mind. While doing so produces more specialists, it equally produces fewer individuals who can understand the foundations of Western thought, the value of rational discourse, and the need for a liberal education. Whilst it is important to gain the necessary skill sets to specialise in a trade or profession, the foundations of a democratic republic are based upon developing knowledgeable and educated people.