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The Twilight Zone: Mute (1963)
One of the reviewers is so bent on pushing his/her political agenda that s/he seems to have missed the point altogether. A liberal philosophy of education bent on results rather than the marvelous conservative one of opportunity???? This episode is NOT about approaches to schooling. And my goodness, the parents who denied their child the ability to speak have NOT given her opportunity to succeed in a world where speech is essential.
Mr. Serling is criticizing the arrogance of parents who think they know what's best for their child but are actually cruel and damage them. He criticizes parents who treat their children as objects to be molded but who don't see them as people with needs and rights of their own. As the sheriff's wife states, the welfare of a child is everyone's concern. But Serling also recognizes the inadequacy of "love only" in repairing the damage done.
And by the way, it was "liberals" who came up with the idea of "equal opportunity." The traditional way actually afforded less opportunity for those of limited means or without family connections. But again, that isn't even the point of this episode.