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Brilliant article! It reminded me of Mark Bauerlein's book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008), a depressing (but fascinating) report on the "intellectual life" of young adults and a prescient warning of its impact on American democracy and culture.
Anyone who seriously believes that Common Core will improve our nation's educational system has not done any serious research on the subject.
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Ghost of the Republic Wrote: Apr 09, 2014 3:08 PM
Erich Maria Ramarque, in his classic "All Quiet on the Western Front" informs the reader that the First World War was caused by the "tricks of schoolmasters", and the famed theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer described the Second World War as the inevitable product of "good schooling." Obviously, Bonhoeffer meant that literally, not metaphorically--the Prussian model of schooling removed the ability of the mind to think for itself. It taught students to wait for a teacher to tell them what to do and if what they did was good or bad. Prussian teaching successfully paralysed the moral will as well as the intellect.
Kenneth414: Great question!
Ed52: Well said! As a teacher, I have long noted the unseemly relationship between the gatekeepers of standardized testing, the textbook publishers, the test prep guide publishers, and the sponsors of official test-taking workshops. The "best" students are simply the ones who absorb the strategies and regurgitate them on an exam. Afterwards, they are almost always incapable of speaking intelligently about the material the just finished "acing".
Well said Ms. Malkin--as usual. GEORGE ORWELL | “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” For the last 13 years I have taught history at both public and private high schools. I recently published a book about education and can say without hesitation that Common Core is merely the culmination of ideas that have long held sway over our system of government schooling dating back to 1819 (in Prussia, the 1880's in America).
Birdman III Applying the Bush era journalistic standards to Obama would make for a fascinating case study...
I, for one, am stunned by President Obama's 59% disapproval rating...I thought it was much higher.
RiffRaff: As a high school history teacher for last 13 years, I have long been horrified by the destruction wrought upon the minds of our children...you just made my day much worse. Thank you for the information, though :-)
Marie150, Dyadd: You both make excellent points. The history of our educational system is a rather dark chapter considering the stated intent of the "Founding Fathers" of government schooling. The results that system has produced are increasingly in line with the "zombies that they can control and spy on" comment. Children have been conditioned to become mindless consumers and a compliant electorate.
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