You’re quite right that my method would make education slightly harder to access. That is the whole point. State-funded education is not valued. Free things rarely are. Things that one must work for tend to be more desirable because they must be worked for.
I honestly don’t understand why people think education is a “right” - and even if it is, that doesn’t imply it should be tax-funded. As per previous threads, I treat the idea of “rights” with deep suspicion, mainly because they’re subject to precisely the objection you raise: rights can only be granted by the rich and powerful, at their whim. It is physically impossible for people without “rights” to assert them. Try telling a third-world despot that you have a “right” to not be imprisoned arbitrarily and he’ll probably have your lips removed, just to ensure you understand how things work in the real world.
And yet education isn’t a privilege either. As I said, I learned perhaps 5% of what I know today at school. I imagine the same is true of most professionals, including you. Education is something you do to yourself, or in the company of your peers. Today, in theory, despots would find it hard to deny education to the masses, but the masses are content to wallow in their own ignorance and ineptitude. Most third-world countries have internet access, sometimes more-or-less uncensored. The peasants use it for Facebook and porn. Wikipedia is available on a DVD, complete with an offline browser. You can find out how to do all sorts of stuff on YouTube. Books are cheap and accessible, but most poor households - in any country, any culture - are conspicuously devoid of books.
The defining characteristic of poverty, in my view, is that the poor person doesn’t know what he already has, doesn’t care what it might do for him, and can’t imagine where he might go from there.
So we’re left with the conclusion, I suppose, that the government should herd the peasants into concrete boxes and forcibly educate them, “for their own good”?
I don’t think anybody actually objects to giving the peasants access to education. What I object to, personally, is spending money on something that has the superficial appearance of education, but in reality is nothing of the sort.