In the forefront, as the public sees it, perhaps third. In the background, behind the scenes, I rank it number one. The reason is that education can be used as a tool for indoctrination. A political agenda cannot be accomplished without the support of the majority. If children are "taught" in a certain way from an early age they slowly begin to believe the newly-revised textbooks and blind obdience is the result. As we become more global and cultures merge, education will be one tool that can control the multitudes.