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  •  But don't oppressive schools make kids... (3+ / 0-)

    comfortable as adults in an oppressive society.  Teaching them to to hide their individuality and just do what they're told to get external rewards and avoid external punishments?

    Just as "you are what you eat", doesn't your socialization with larger societal institutions impact how you function as an adult in those institutions?

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

    by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 11:38:41 AM PDT

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    •  There are so many variables that I would (1+ / 0-)
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      beg off that question. It's monstrous.

      I, like you, prefer to err on that side that my child is energized and enthused by her education in a way that I wasn't until college. BUT there's no way to know what we're really engineering.

      Alongside my oppressive education, I worked every day with my father from the age of 12 on. I had a sense for how tough menial labor is. Can I say that more of the charter school kids, with good parents and a leg up, will create a better future?

      I would like to think so, that's why I send my daughters to one. But now that I work in Higher Ed., I wonder what awaits them at the end of the road--if college will also become a corporate entity thus making their current experience idyllic.

      There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

      by upstate NY on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 12:26:19 PM PDT

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      •  I can't go there to that dystopic vision... (2+ / 0-)
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        It may be one aspect of the elephant that all us blind people are trying to understand... but only one aspect I think!

        But the fear you are expressing is certainly shared by folks on both sides of the political spectrum.  The only anecdote that I know of is encouraging and constantly participating in the democratic process, including the free exchange of ideas like here on DKos.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

        by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 12:38:32 PM PDT

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