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  •  Because stupid people are easier to control (8+ / 0-)

    Lets face it, the whole logic behind the Repub war on education, is that the uneducated can be led easily through hate, fear, and bigotry. The elimination of intellectuals has been a tactic by totalitarian governments in this century - Stalin, Mao, the Khmer Rouge, etc. and if anyone doubts that Repubs are pushing towards fascism, please take a look at what they're doing in Michigan right now. That's their template for the future.

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    by Fordmandalay on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 05:19:02 PM PDT

    •  Doubt it (4+ / 0-)
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      Occam's Razor and all, it's a lot easier to think they just don't want to pay for it than that they have some nefarious roundabout scheme to dumb down Americans by denying them education.

      Hitler and Mao arrested intellectuals and put them in camps. They didn't subtly defund various education initiatives so 20 years from now people would be dumber.

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      by Sparhawk on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 05:29:58 PM PDT

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    •  education is like abortion (3+ / 0-)
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      GOP types think it should be withheld from the great unwashed masses and reserved for their fair haired lil darlings  

    •  What? (0+ / 0-)

      It was our "stupid" grand parents that bought us the 8 hour day, the 5 day work-week, bans of child labor, government inspection of meat and poultry, to name just a few of the thing the "unwashed and uneducated" of the 1930s and 40s bought us.

      I hate that movie Forest Gump, but it is true that "Stupid is as Stupid does"  

      get a mirror

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      by mpjh on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 08:02:31 PM PDT

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    •  "Education" doesn't necessarily lead to (0+ / 0-)

      more "intellectuals."  To become an "intellectual," one has to develop critical thinking skills and that starts with parenting.  Lots of people who went to (great) schools are complete morons.  Remember Bush?  How about Larry Summers?  

      I think education is overhyped and somewhat overvalued.  Any non-skilled worker who has a job knows that employers aren't looking for someone who scored A+ in art history or English lit.  Employers are almost always looking for those who are productive and have good social skills to improve teamwork and work environment.  If you were an employer looking to hire a sales rep, would you care whether a prospect went to college or not?  

      That said, one of the biggest reasons why tuitions keep rising is because our government has been guaranteeing student loans.  When banks know that they'll be paid regardless, they'll lend to anyone (see subprime loans) including 17-18-year olds fresh out of high school.  And when colleges know that they'll be paid regardless, they have no reason to lower their tuitions.  

      Our young men and women need to acquire skills that are (and will be) in demand.  Whether it's becoming an electrician, machine/computer ops or plumber or what have you, they need to have skills that people are willing to pay for because skills and labor are money that cannot be diluted by big banks and politicians.  People can go to school to learn more about arts, literature and what have you but they should be aware that they'll be in debt for a looooooong time.  Personally, I wouldn't pay $40 to 50,000 a year for 4 years just so I can say I have a diploma in something that has no practical use.  I'd rather put that money to use on something that will net me a return or go out into the real world to get a real world education.

      Congrats. You've been divided and conquered. We're all serfs now.

      by Smoke and Mirrors on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:15:12 AM PDT

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