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  •  anti-intellectualism (19+ / 0-)

    is part and parcel of american consciousness.

    politicians have just decided to push even harder on this as they are out of legitimate debates on legitimate issues.

    the attack on schools and teachers is simply part of the overall strategy to change the subject.

    i have long wondered about the lack of attention to teaching/schooling/higher education of other countries in the USA.

    we are known for our general ignorance which seems to have increased, not decreased in the past thirty years.

    dumbing down our schools and installing robots is just the newest step.

    frankly, there are so many battles to wage on so many fronts, one hardly knows where to look, never mind put one's effort.

    i am looking forward to the next installment, teacher ken.

    I am awaiting delivery of my new DK4 signature

    by BlueDragon on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 03:01:03 PM PDT

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    •  I think it's only part and parcel (11+ / 0-)

      of a certain subset of American consciousness, unfortunately a subset that has had outsize influence on our political process for the past three decades.

      Remember the GI Bill. There was nothing anti-intellectual about that. The problem is that the outsize influence of that subset has a multiplier effect once a generation or two of students have had the misfortune of going through the schools those people have created.

    •  Exhibit A -- Sarah Palin (1+ / 0-)
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      The idea of her viability as a candidate for anything proves that anti-intellectualism reigns.

      part and parcel of the Limbaugh/Fox effect.  A complete lack of rational discourse, as liars are never challenged.

      A thin ray of hope is the backlash to the jihads against teachers in WI and elsewhere.

      But even that does not help overcome the "left" attack on actual education through bogus "reform."

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 09:32:57 PM PDT

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