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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Educational System Was Designed to Keep Us Uneducated and Docile

This article was passed on to me through my homeschool group. I found it to be interesting reading and thought others might as well. It appears that the reason public education was created was to keep the masses educated just enough to fill the labor needs, but not too educated that they would question the status quo. Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter!


At 10:38 AM, Blogger B O B said...

Hi Melissa, the article was a very interesting read. And fears around the 1900's of presenting an adequate education for the masses might have some validity.

But I think our present education is suffering because we fail to teach people how to think. And our solution has been to throw more money at a problem and hope it solves itself.

I have gone to school in education systems around the world. And from my own education, I see a definite lack of math, science, and logic being taught in U.S. schools. Now our teachers are under educated themselves, and until we can get the teachers educated, we will never be able to teach our children.

Take this exampleI wrote how EC GLass was self stroking themselves over the results of a Newsweek poll, thinking they did exceptionally well in school rankings. I didn't see that at all and pointed out EC Glass only had a mediocre performance when compared to other schools. Newsweek picked this up and gave a link to our post.If the school Administration used some math they would have been frightened rather than being pleased.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Hi Bob,

I agree whole heartedly with you. Schools were originally designed to turn out factory workers, but the world has moved on and that is not what is needed any longer, but the education system has not kept up.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger xwifeofaxcon said...

This is a very interesting article. There is plenty of truth in this matter. However, I feel that if parents CARE about their childrens education, they can spark a childs interests wanting to learn and to think above the masses.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

I agree that involved parents make a difference, but don't underestimate system and peer pressure.

My oldest stepson was reading programming books in 4th and 5th grade while his friends were reading comics and books about basketball players. But they gave him a hard time and he just about stopped reading anything. He wanted so badly to fit in with the others.

This is one of the million reasons I homeschool. I want my children to enjoy learning and to think outside of the box and to think for themselves. And I don't want their love of learning squelched by having to do busy work, learn things of no interest or value to them, or by other kids.


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