This video expresses some of the ideas about education that I have tried to argue here on a number of occasions and does it better than I ever have. While school boards and politicians and parents and teacher stand around pointing their fingers at each other.... and complain about students being disinterested and cheaters and lazy, they fail to question if an education system designed for the industrial revolution is really trying to teach any of the right things in any of the right ways. Not to mention that once upon a time, an education meant a job, now its only certainty is debt.
Russell Shorto, Author of ''Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason.'' recently wrote this lengthy article about the battle going on inside our education system. More or less the Christian Coalition gang is trying to god up our history and throw in some conservatism while they are at it. God does hate deficit spending after all.
He does a really good job and points out the irony of the southerners wanting to end the separations that once liberated them from state churches that discriminated against the now prevalent religions.
There was a religious element to the American Revolution, which was so pronounced that you could just as well view the event in religious as in political terms. Many of the founders, especially the Southerners, were rebelling simultaneously against state-church oppression and English rule. The Connecticut Baptists saw Jefferson -- an anti-Federalist who was bitterly opposed to the idea of establishment churches -- as a friend.
Of course history has to be rewritten to support their ideas and that is truly frightening The truth of the matter is not hard to find.
A few Christian fundamentalists attempt to convince us to return to the Christianity of early America, yet according to the historian, Robert T. Handy, "No more than 10 percent-- probably less-- of Americans in 1800 were members of congregations."
Perhaps the most essential part of a democracy is an informed public. The two main sources of information are education and the press.
Nothing is more concerning in our country than the constant attempts to undermine democracy.
tip to pedantsareus
Justin Kruger & David Dunning. Unskilled and unaware of It: how difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of personality and social psychology 1999, vol.77, no.6, pp1121-1134 ©1999 by American Psychological Association, Inc. PERCENTILES. For those unfamiliar with percentile rankings, briefly.... Say you get 95% of questions right in a test — sounds good. But if everyone else does, then your performance is actually average. Percentiles are a method of marking, which ranks your score COMPARATIVE to other scores within a population. If you rank at the 10th percentile, 10 percent of all scores, in the population tested, fall BELOW you. If you rank at the 90th percentile, 90 percent of all test results fall BELOW you — you've made it to the top 10. 50% is dead on average. Bizarrely, in a tendency which has been termed the 'above-average effect', it seems most people — no matter what their competence/ability — perceive themselves as above average, hovering around the 60th percentile.