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August 24, 2009



Anonymous Anonymous said...

State indoctrination is the source of many of our most severe social problems - especially the complacency with which we have come to allow government to run rough shod over our constitutional rights, and engage us in imperial wars. There are many paths to learning better suited for a free nation. Abolish state education and free your children's minds

August 25, 2009 1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what's on the other side of that abolition? The whole point here is that corporate schools are less accountable and more expensive than public schools. Public schools take shit all the time, but kids really do learn in them when there is proper support at home. Regular meals and involved parents go a long way. Not to mention good supplies and enough money for fun stuff outside of school.

The issue in education that never gets discussed is the war on families that's been in high gear ever since the regan revolution. When you evicerate unions and any social support systems that help the poor, you can bet it will effect their kids worst of all.

Privatization has never worked well. It's just as bueaucratic as any government, and has zero accountability.

August 25, 2009 5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with education is that we have two separate systems: one for the poor and middle class (public schools) and one for the rich (exclusive prep schools). The public schools are designed to create obedient little robots who know their place in the world and do whatever "teacher" tells them. The fancy private schools provide an actual education that includes learning how to think for oneself. (Don't confuse these schools with the charter schools and private religious schools that are part of the "keep 'em stupid" end of the spectrum.)

The only way forward out of the mess we're in now, is for public schools to start teaching critical thinking. The place to start would be by teaching every American how to recognize and debunk the basic principles of propaganda that are employed daily by advertisers, "news" programs, commentators, religious figures, and politicians.

August 25, 2009 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Public education has always been about producing a docile worker class. The reason we the people in the US let ourselves be duped by all our greedy corrupt elite rulers, is because we have been schooled far too well. School teaches us to believe experts and authority and not trust our selves, our own knowledge, or our own eyes. We must always second guess ourselves, and our self worth is reduced to a letter grade on the page and a gold star.

A population steeped in that sort of indoctrination can't or won't push for better leaders or a better political system, and will fall victim to most nonsense the media or elite feed to us.

Personally I won't support public schooling, until we have a system like they do in Finland, small classes, and lots of independent study. Anything less is training our kids to be mindless worker drones.

August 25, 2009 10:43 AM  

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