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  •  From memory ages ago... (1+ / 0-)
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    Postman and Weingartner, in Teaching as a Subversive Activity, made a mockery of such questions as "What were the ways of making a living in ancient Egypt?" b/c kids nowadays don't have to know that. But later, one of the authors (IIRC only one, and it caused a rift) realized that there were so few shared experiences in American society any more that having a shared curriculum - at least to some degree - was important to our sense of national unity or identity. Something like that. In the 50s, if you had a TV, it was likely you watched Ed Sullivan on Sunday nights. Now that sort of shared TV experience happens only a few times a year - the SuperBowl, say. The overall thrust of the book was that to prepare kids for life as we had never known it before, they need to learn to think. That part they of course stood by.

    "Maybe this is how empires die - their citizens just don't deserve to be world leaders anymore." -Kossack Puddytat, In a Comment 18 Sept 2011

    by pixxer on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:02:57 AM PDT

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    •  I have heard that argument a lot... (3+ / 0-)
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      and I'm still trying to make heads or tails of it.  I would think with all the media we have the dramatic world and national events, plus all the reality TV etc would give us plenty to have as shared experience and modern mythology.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles

      by leftyparent on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 11:15:50 PM PDT

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