[ExI] my view of education

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 20:10:51 UTC 2018

> On Dec 14, 2018, at 5:44 AM, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 1:15 PM William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Now I am a loyal American who loves his country. But. I want the truth out and no lies and coverups in educating children.
> Government-run education promotes the government, not too surprisingly.

While I don’t doubt that, I wonder if it’s the biggest factor here. Are most people likely to not be loyal Americans or whatever simply because they weren’t taught so in school?
>> School boards and colleges say that they are teaching critical thinking, but my question is, where? How? In what class? One-sided teaching is the farthest thing from fair it is possible to get. I think that is the worst kind of critical nonthinking, and actually immoral.
> Yeah, they don't teach critical thinking and generally don't reward students questioning their teachings. 

I’m a bit pessimistic if critical thinking and a questioning attitude can be taught to kids who aren’t already open to them. And a problem here is how general skills are often not applied to specific cases. I believe this explains phenomena like someone being for freedom of speech, but then supporting speech codes.

>> Education or propaganda?
> It's some of both, of course. I think where public K-12 education really fails is in teaching life skills like planning, time management, finance, decision making, etc.

Most of those skills might be taught on the job rather than in school, don’t you think?


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