Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

-- because educated voters are always a threat to plutocracy.


Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System | Truthout

A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs

5 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Education?

Is that what MPS is doing?

The problem is: Professors like you protect the education monopoly, which dumbs down the standards.

More free market competition, not less competition, solves the educational issue.

There's another country that extols the idea of "making money as amoral"...Cuba.

Is Cuba a moral country? Hardly. Its a basket case of oppression.

JPenterman said...

Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, considered the unappeasable desire to make a lot of money as a mental illness (Theory of Moral Sentiments) (52).

Adam Smith believed educational schooling corrected the damage done by tedious working environments (15). Smith did not claim education contributed to national prosperity, only free trade; a division of labor added to that (Wealth of Nations) (105) Smith said the role of education was required to compensate for the defects created as by-products of the same processes that produce wealth (106). Artificial environments created by free trade and unregulated competition cause psychological damage in four ways: 1) they make workers spineless, 2) unintelligent, 3) lazy, and 4) apathetic to everything but their base urges. Only educational schooling can heal the destruction caused by capitalism to community and individuality. According to Smith, the father of capitalism, he children of the best and the lowliest, all children, have the same talents that can be awakened by training. If these children do not receive "subject for thought and speculation", they become "deformed" and cannot handle complex thinking. Their power of judgment for small to complex matters is lessened.

Andrew Carnegie believed educational schooling gave working people bad attitudes, it taught what was worthless, it instilled in the future workers "false ideas" that created a distaste for a practical life (The Empire of Business) (15).

William Playfair, Smith's publisher, created the expression "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing" to explain his ideas that the issue with public education is not that common people are too stupid to learn: Rather, they are too smart to be allowed to learn (107). Playfair argued that educational schooling (public schools) would destroy national prosperity instead of contributing to it (Playfair measured prosperity in dollars.). He argued that the education of the middle and lower classes should be replaced with psychological conditioning in habits and attitudes of appetite for wealth, envy for the wealthy, respect for the wealthy, and a mistrust of self, to preserve capitalism and its benefits: privilege for the wealthy and their prodigy. Ancient Chinese emperors named this policy: "Keeping the people dumb". This was practiced by U.S. Southern slave owners and illustrated by the policy of not allowing slave to learn how to read and punishing those who took it upon themselves to educate slaves.

Gatto, John Taylor - Weapons of Mass Instruction – A School Teacher's Journey through The Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

JPenterman said...

Kevin provides no support for...
1. his criticism of MPS
2. the so called education monopoly
(there are many private educational institutions that are successful as there are many public institutions that are successful)
3. What "educational issue"?
4. Cuba?

Time after time, example after example, comment after comment, Kevin provides these unsupported, "wink, wink - you know what I'm talking about" lazy, "whatever!" non-arguments.

Kevin Scheunemann said...
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Kevin Scheunemann said...

So I guess the less than 45% high school graduation rate of MPS is to be ignored?

If you ignore the facts, you cannot solve the problem