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Are Schools Making Us ‘Intellectually Dependent’?

Is there any way to break free from this intellectual dependency and restore initiative and ingenuity in the next generation?

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout <>

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/blankstare.png June 30, 2016 | Not long ago, I wrote about a brief essay called A Message to Garcia. The essay, written in 1899 by Elbert Hubbard, explained how President McKinley instructed a gentleman named Rowan to deliver a letter to General Garcia in Cuba during the Spanish American War.

As Hubbard explains, the unique thing about this incident was that Rowan did not stop to ask questions of where he was to find General Garcia and how to get there. Instead, he took initiative and successfully delivered the message, all while relying on his own ingenuity and intellect to accomplish his mission.

Annie Holmquist is a research associate with Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization's websites and social media pages, and assists with development projects. She particularly loves digging into the historical aspects of America's educational structure.

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Logic and Illogic in Education

  • Logic: one of the great contributions to civilization, left to die on the vine.
  • It needs to be resurrected, in full flower.
  • Related: School climate: Students are stuck in a dysfunctional system

Jon Rappoport, Activist Post

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June 7, 2016 | In two of my collections, The Matrix Revealed and Power Outside The Matrix, I include training in the art of logic and critical analysis.

The basic fact is: students in schools are rarely taught how to follow a line of reasoning from beginning to end. Nor do they practice analyzing half-formed, specious reasoning.

Who teaches young students, these days, how to distinguish between a polemic and a formal argument?

The author of three … collections, Jon Rappoport maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.

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School climate: Students are stuck in a dysfunctional system, Earl Holdridge, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

The way our schools are organized is at odds with learning and dispiriting for students. Naturally, some rebel. 

 

Presidential Candidates Symptom of Educational Decline

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  • Given the state of education, should we be surprised when the our government and the leaders the people elect are in a degenerative state? 
  • Related: From the Archives | The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout 

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June 6, 2016 | Over the weekend, author and economist Ben Stein made some rather disparaging comments about the presidential candidates for both parties. In essence, Stein believes they are clueless when it comes to important issues, particularly economics.

But the cluelessness doesn’t stop at the presidential candidates. According to Stein, the clueless candidates are simply a symptom of the greater problem in America.

Annie Holmquist is a research associate with Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization's websites and social media pages.

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

  • 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

 

School climate: Students are stuck in a dysfunctional system.

 

The way our schools are organized is at odds with learning and dispiriting for students. Naturally, some rebel. 

Earl Holdridge, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_146473707473378.jpg?w=525Edward Cheserek, an 18-year-old junior from Kenya, practiced with teammates at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., which was closed down in the 1970s but now flourishes. New York Times

May 31, 2016 | I applaud the students who wrote the May 27 commentary “Student voices are to be heard, not ignored.” Their main point: “School climate isn’t about fights and suspensions, but about creating an environment within our schools where everyone can thrive.”

As a teacher-counselor, I’d like to reinforce their thoughts with my observations and experience. Perhaps it will shed some light on giving hope for the kind of school the writers seek.

Earl “Sook” Holdridge is a retired teacher, counselor and businessman with a background in Montessori teacher training.

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