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Peasant Education

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by Archaeopteryx, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Archaeopteryx

    Archaeopteryx Wanderer

    From A Philosopher's Blog.
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  2. Ishraqiyun

    Ishraqiyun Fanning the Divine Spark

    This theory has really contributed to the dumbing down of America. People aren't thought to think. They are instead taught to be useful workers. Obedient cogs in the machine.
  3. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

    Did anyone happen to notice that one of the most attacked institutions is the teacher's union, the NEA.

    Aren't these the teachers who have consistently resisted reforms in the public school system? Resisted vouchers ... resisted alternative schools ... resisted any competitive schools ... while the nation's students got dumbed down year after year.

  4. Daniel25

    Daniel25 Well-Known Member

    oh noes they might defund my queer studies department!
  5. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

    Here's more on the National Education Association's "dumbing down" agenda ... from the Wall Street Journal. The NEA's Latest Trick - WSJ.com
    Public school teachers are supposed to teach kids to read, so it would be nice if their unions could master the same skill. In a recent letter to Senators, the National Education Association claims Washington, D.C.'s Opportunity Scholarships aren't working, ignoring a recent evaluation showing the opposite.

    "The DC voucher pilot program, which is set to expire this year, has been a failure," the NEA's letter fibs. "Over its five year span, the pilot program has yielded no evidence of positive impact on student achievement."

    That must be news to the voucher students who are reading almost a half-grade level ahead of their peers. Or to the study's earliest participants, who are 19 months ahead after three years. Parents were also more satisfied with their children's schools and more confident about their safety. Those were among the findings of the Department of Education's own Institute of Education Sciences, which used rigorous standards to measure statistically significant improvement.

  6. chaz345

    chaz345 Well-Known Member

    How is that worse than the alternative, where you've got people with a degree that gives them absolutely zero knowledge or thinking skills that has any value to an employer expecting to make $40k per year the minute they graduate. A masters or even PhD in Ancient Middle Eastern languages or Renassiance Art doesn't mean jack in the employment world even though getting one does require the ability to think critically. Clearly philosophy and other pursuits have value to society but if you can't do something that generates $$ for an employer too, don't expect to get paid just because you've got a bunch of letters after your name.