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From the Archives | The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

  • The current trend of increasing anti-intellectualism now establishing itself in politics and business leadership, and supported by a declining education system should be a cause for concern for leaders and the general population, one that needs to be addressed now.
  • Related: Donald Trump Has Given the United States a Great Gift

Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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https://www.sott.net/image/s15/304985/medium/t6PCzNK.jpgSat, 07 Jun 2014 | There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism." 

Ray Williams is President of Ray Williams Associates, a firm based in Vancouver, providing executive coaching and professional speaking services. 

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Donald Trump Has Given the United States a Great Gift, Bill C. Davis, Common Dreams

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  • What he has drawn to the surface are various toxins isolated in a boil ready to burst.
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United States Exposed for Being Complicit in Arming and Training Child Soldiers in Afghanistan

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  • “There’s nothing heroic about putting a child in danger by arming him and having him fight in a war. The Taliban killed 10-year-old Wasil Ahmad, but those who encouraged him to fight bear responsibility as well,” Patricia Gossman, the senior Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, told the Guardian.
  • When policy becomes more important than morality, people, including innocent children suffer.

Jay Syrmopoulos, Free Thought Project

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http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/United-States-Complicit-in-Arming-and-Training-Child-Soldiers-in-Afghanistan.jpgFebruary 5, 2016 | The killing of a 10-year-old Afghan boy, Wasil Ahmad by Taliban forces has raised serious questions about the United State’s creation and backing of a militia group using of child soldiers.

Ahmad has been lionized as a national hero in Afghanistan after his death on Monday in the Uruzgan province at the hands of Taliban militants. The boy had previously gained national prominence for helping militia forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle had been wounded.

Jay Syrmopoulos’ work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. 

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Series | Looking at elite-college admissions, Part 3: The Commodification of Higher Education

  • Colleges and universities have become a marketplace that treats student applicants like consumers. Why?
  • This is the third story in a three-part series looking at elite-college admissions. Links to Parts 1 and 2 are presented below. 
  • Related: The Arrogant Ignorance of the 'Well-Educated'

Alia Wong, the Atlantic 

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2016/03/CollegeAdmissions1/lead_960.jpg?1459293334Mar 30, 2016 | When the U.S. News & World Report rankings were first published in 1983, they equipped students with what had previously seemed to be top-secret information about colleges and universities. They highlighted the practical role of higher education—something in which students (and their families) were investing to improve their lives. “College is expensive,” said Robert Morse, the chief data strategist for U.S. News, via email. “U.S. News’s mission is to arm students with good data, enabling them to sift through lots of complicated information when deciding which school is the right fit for them.” The rankings allow students to compare schools in an (arguably) apples-to-apples way—allowing students to, according to Morse, “navigate the complex process of choosing the best school for them” and creating “a national move towards greater transparency in the education industry.”

Many educators see the rankings in an entirely different way.

Alia Wong is an associate editor at the Atlantic <http://www.theatlantic.com>, where she oversees the education section.

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Series | Looking at elite-college admissions, Part 2:  Where College Admissions Went Wrong

“Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.” 

 

Series | Looking at elite-college admissions, Part 1: The Absurdity of College Admissions

How did getting into an elite school become a frenzied, soul-deadening process?

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The Arrogant Ignorance of the 'Well-Educated' Joseph Pearce, Intellectual Takeout

To be “well-educated” is not merely ignorance, it is the arrogance of ignorance.

Universities Are Becoming Billion-Dollar Hedge Funds With Schools Attached

  • It’s not just universities with eating clubs and legacies that are getting into the game. Many public universities are also doing so, in part because state support for education has been cut, but also to compete with richer schools by rapidly increasing their more limited wealth.
  • This story was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a non-profit supporting journalism, photo and video about economic struggle. 
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Astra Taylor, Nation / Portside

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March 8, 2016 | Have you heard the latest wisecrack about Harvard? People are calling it a hedge fund with a university attached. They have a point—Harvard stands at the troubling intersection between higher education and high finance, with over 15 percent of its massive $38 billion endowment invested in hedge funds. That intersection is getting crowded. Yale’s comparatively modest $26 billion endowment, for example, made hedge fund managers $480 million in 2014, while only $170 million was spent on things like tuition assistance and fellowships for students. “I was going to donate money to Yale. But maybe it makes more sense to mail a check directly to the hedge fund of my choice,” Malcolm Gladwell tweeted last summer, causing a commotion that landed him on NPR. -

What has gotten less attention is how it’s not just universities with eating clubs and legacies that are getting into the game. Many public universities are also doing so, in part because state support for education has been cut, but also to compete with richer schools by rapidly increasing their more limited wealth. Though the exact figure is hard to determine, experts I consulted estimate that over $100 billion of educational endowment money nationwide is invested in hedge funds, costing them approximately $2.5 billion in fees in 2015 alone. The problems with hedge funds managing college endowments are manifold, going well beyond the exorbitant—some would say extortionate—fees they charge for their services. 

Astra Taylor is the director of the documentary films Zizek! and Examined Life. She has written for Monthly Review, Adbusters, Salon, The Baffler, Bomb Magazine, n+1 and other outlets. She is the co-editor of the book Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America (Verso). 

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Series | Looking at elite-college admissions, Part 2:  Where College Admissions Went Wrong, Alia Wong, the Atlantic 

  • “Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.”“Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical 
  • This is the second story in a three-part series looking at elite-college admissions. Read Part 1 here
  • Related: The Arrogant Ignorance of the 'Well-Educated'

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