Right off the bat your argument opens itself to criticism when you warn us all of impending truth, and then fail to back up your argument with a single credible source or academic theory.
This may sound terribly intellectual but the only feeble examples you give are marriage, and work, which are not the be all and end all of highly regarded social undertakings. What about art? Literature? How are these forms of slavery? Furthermore, you create something of a contradiction for your later argument by asserting that this slavery is self-imposed, and then going on to blame 'rich people' for it. Are we forced into unwitting slavery or do we impose it upon ourselves?
Of course you are forced to go to school when you're young. The alternative is a horde of illiterate man-children incapable of formulating and communicating basic thoughts and emotions. The key is that it is your parents, not some industrialist slave driver making this choice for you. And it is natural and right that responsible parents encourage their children to get an education, we instinctively try and ensure the success of our offspring and now that society has (largely) moved on from bludgeoning each other with blunt objects a good strategy for the success of your progeny is to ensure that they are smart.
Complete bollocks. If this was the case the education system would be stripped down to basic reading, writing and mathematics before all the 11 year olds moved onto classes in operating heavy machinery, correctly inputting data to Microsoft E[size=4]xcel and how to lay bricks. Instead, education offers the chance for a child to pursue a myriad of subjects which broaden their mind and allow them to engage in critical thinking, which is sort of what you're attempting to do. The problem with school choice is, that many children are not taking certain classes which has a significant effect on their future (http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED414628). In fact, rather damingly for your argument many students are foregoing industrially useful classes such as mathematics, physics and chemistry. If industrialists had such a tight control on society and education wouldn't they ensure they had enough correctly educated slaves?
I'll have to break this up into two parts.
First, the "warning" statement was a bit of a joke. I knew a post of this nature would receive significant rebuttal and argument. And it has. Truth hurts. Then people get mad. Maybe I should have put a smiley face next to it.
Of course.. one must reference some academic theory or their point is invalid. Those colleges have to make money some way. So they propagate the idea that they possess all the right knowledge. As pointed out in my original post.
I discussed only work/marriage/education because I didn't want to type a novella-length document.
I did not entirely blame rich people. I blamed humans in general. For our greed and need of constant improvement.
Parents do not decide whether their child attends school or not. The government does. This is why parents go to court for truancy. Society is now so complex, the actual parents can't even teach the children without a degree. School does not simply teach reading, writing and arithmetic. It also conditions the students for performance in the collective, or society. Remember, antisocial behavior isn't encouraged in our society. Some even consider it unhealthy.
Actually, humans fight now more than ever. We have divisions of society dedicated especially to war. Plus humanity just perservered through two, not one, World Wars. Plus most entertainment revolves around violence. Violence will always exist. Unless we are controlled even more.
Sure, education has some perks, but its main purpose is to sustain and improve established society. Look around. Get a good education to get a good job.