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  •  I think the fellow set up a straw (0+ / 0-)

    hypothesis to see if he could get anyone's goat to nibble.

    The problem with public education, as I see it, is that it's been driven by an ulterior motive--to produce compliant citizens.  It's failed.  OWS tells us that, as did the vote for Obama by the millenials.

    Catholic primary education had the same problem and the same results.  The students who went through the schools eventually rejected the religion, for the most part.  That is, while the moral principles have appeal to empathetic persons, the hierarchy merits rejection.

    What seems to be underway at present is an effort to fix the blame for disobedient citizens having poured out of our public schools on the teachers, much as disaffected industrial workers are blamed on union goons.  

    That ordinary people just don't cotton to abuse simply seems not to register with people who depend on getting and giving orders to survive.  Organization man is a person who thrives as part of an organization and feels threatened anywhere else because he's lacking in any sense of self-direction.  Instead of being focused on a task, such people are focused on doing what they're told and on mimicking that paradigm. Obedience is their one and only commandment because it is all they understand.

    When school personnel spend most of their time exacting discipline, there's not going to be much skills learning going on. (Transporting students long distances in buses, btw, I consider to be part of the discipline agenda. I can still recall when schools were shuttered in the inner-city and moved to the edge of town because merchants complained about youths hanging out on the streets after school. That was in Ithaca, NY in 1970. Moving people out has been going on a long time).

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 06:42:13 AM PST

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