Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Somehow, in looking up chicken wing clipping, I came across an article on the education structure in the US. Such is the internet.
It was a very interesting article on the "deliberate dumbing down of America."
Me fail English? That's unpossible!
Covering the history of Pavlovian training and stimulus response in education, the article shed some light on why it seems that a lot of people I know in the public school/secular humanist realm simply regurgitate. It's because the art and science of thinking for yourself has been systematically destroyed.
Gone are the days of individualism and ingenuity in America. In its place is "teaching for the test," education as regurgitation, and work-based training. If students are only ever taught to merely regurgitate that which authority tells them to, they are easier to control, and sweeping societal and political change can be forced upon the populace with virtually no resistance.
So goes the thesis.
It certainly gave me a LOT to think about these last 24 hours.
It also helped shed some light on the militant atheists who I've attempted to discuss philosophy with. Dissect their worldview in 30 seconds, and get called a bigot. Very intelligent.
Most importantly, it steeled my resolve to continue homeschooling our lil'uns.

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