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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Creating More Sheeple

In one of his "big picture" pieces, Kevin explains much about the state of American education and its consequences here.

A sample:

...Regardless, I am of the carefully considered opinion that both our media and our educational system have been largely taken over by people who are acolytes of the Holy Grail that Socialism promised, and who put themselves in those positions in the belief that it is up to them to help create the New Men that Socialism cannot succeed without. Our schools, especially, have become centers for the teaching of collectivism, "identity politics," and for want of a better term, "rage against the machine."

And to some extent, it has worked.

To a larger extent, it has not.

What has resulted are the unintended consequences of declining standards, high dropout rates, functional illiteracy and innumeracy, almost no general knowledge of geography, history, or civics, and nearly complete ignorance of science - both general and applied.

Schools should be the foundry through which the raw material of our youth is run, coming out the other end with strong and tempered minds well prepared for the world. The ore hasn't changed, but the ratio of dross to valuable product has grown precipitously...

Read it and weep - for the children and our country.

Tempus fugit.


Blogger chris horton said...

Good one.

Read "Dumbing us Down," by John Taylor Gatto.

Or ANYTHING he's written about our failed "cumpulsory schooling."

And he's a "teacher."

June 8, 2008 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Gatto is great at identifying the problem, not so hot at proposing solutions, but a valuable contributor nonetheless.

Weep, hell! ;-) To steal a line (more or less) from Joe Hill, "Don't mourn, boys--organize."

June 10, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

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