- “Read John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History of American Education,” the high school teacher said to me at the end of the night.
- What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages
Jon Nichols, Political Moll
January 20, 2016 | “Education in America isn’t broken. It’s doing exactly what it was intended to do.”
I heard that from someone at a dinner party about four months back. This guest I sat across from was a twenty-something high school English teacher. I asked him what he meant by that statement. He said something to the following, paraphrased effect:
“Government and corporations don’t want people who can think. They want people who know just enough to get by but not enough to question and to form our own ideas. They want people who will be good consumers.”
Jon Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for the Nation magazine as its national affairs correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.
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What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages, Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout
Interestingly, in America today, one finds some of these same trends: fewer students are exposed to philosophy (which used to be taught at the high school age), there are reports of teacher shortages, 20% of four-year college students now take remedial courses, and 27% of adults didn’t read a single book last year. The general consensus is that American education is in crisis.
Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America