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The Role of 'Educators'

Platousa Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 1:20 AM
Agree with the main focus of this essay. John Dewey was a populist and opposed elitism of Walter Lippmann who argued that the world was too large and complex to expect that common citizens could be sufficiently informed to make wise decisions on policy issues. A wise managerial class should makes decisions and then explain what was required of the public. Dewey argued that without a healthy democratic process no government could be expected to consistently make wise choices for the nation, no matter how much expert information they had available to them. Dewey was not totally misguided.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...