School makes stupid

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The purpose of education is to prepare you to teach yourself. Educated people can read well, write clearly, and make change. Truly educated people continue to learn throughout their lives.

A good school reinforces the civilizing behaviors kids learn at home and in church. These include respect for other people, basic etiquette, and the responsibilities inherent in being a citizen of a democratic republic.

The nobility of teaching

A good teacher listens and explains things in clear language that anyone of reasonable intelligence can understand. There are still American teachers who risk everything to educate their students. Such teachers have my complete respect.

Teachers in America do not have the freedom to teach as they would like. They are prisoners to speech codes and Common Core, mandated subject matter and continuing re-education programs. Teachers are bullied by administrators who are as unyielding and repressive as any in the old USSR.

What school actually does

American schools train kids to believe they’re more educated than they really are. They’re taught to defend their feelings as facts and to memorize without comprehension or retention.

Education isn’t about getting a job

If you’re well educated, you should be of much value to an employer. But that’s a side benefit. Young Americans are sold the idea that more and more schooling will guarantee more and more income. That’s no longer a sure thing. Plenty of people with masters and doctorate degrees are barely scraping along. Tuition inflation has left a whole generation with terrible student loan debt. Taking debt on faith is a sucker’s bet.

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School makes stupid

Still from the movie Idiocracy

Originally published at: Comfort for Christians



Education now in indoctrination. Teach the children what you want them to know and do and you can control everything eventually. Parents are not involved enough. Hence the home schooling that is becoming so popular. Have a fabulous day. ☺

As I said at AOWs: Common Core (tm) is the hijacking of a sane proposal that when students migrate from one school to another, particularly interstate, that the core curriculum and grade level requirements would be similar. It now is an imprimatur put on texts and practices that reject conservative values and Common Sense solutions to math problems.

I cant even watch the video, not with that title…it makes me FAR too upset. Thankfully, I know BRILLIANT kids their age………..but how many? Enough to save a country? Those poor bright kids; what a future they have with the indoctrinated dunderheads.

And yet in the early years - years when young children are at the optimal age to retain facts - many teachers decry rote memorization such as the times tables. The minute I saw the phrase math situation on that sheet you linked to I knew it was going downhill. In junior high school in the 60s I ran into new math which wanted to be relevant. But it was hard to know if it was because it was so convoluted and abstract. After 2 years of that I went from being competent in math to confused and unable to progress in the new algebra. It hampered me for life in math. Im sick to see all this experimentation when they already know what works! Video - sickening. I was 18 when they lowered the voting age to 18. I and said at the time its moving the wrong direction. It should have been raised to 25. The video demonstrates why the elites, historically, wanted to keep governance out of the hands of the masses. These children should never enter a voting booth.

Needless to say, new math bears a not surprising resemblance to the confusion in the Common Core sheet you posted. Remember Tom Lehrers wonderful satires set to music? He was also a mathematician (he eventually taught it at UC Santa Cruz), and his piece on New Math was cleverly animated for a school project. Enjoy!

It hampered me for life in math. I’m sick to see all this experimentation when they already know what works! Yes, we (and they) already know what works. But what makes you think that whats happening in American schools is not working?

Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select—doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief (emphasis added), regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors. -John Broadus Watson, Behaviorism from this post.

Occums razor: The simplest explanation is usually the best one. Its intentional. Alec

Even an IT degree does not guarantee a job. And if you want knowledge for its own sake, bypass the system and get it from books. I learned that the hard way. Nowadays, even physics professors will happly make their lectures free on youtube.