Sorry. That's John Holt (not Hold), author of "How Children Fail" back in the 1960s. Also, John Taylor Gatto, author of "Dumbing Us Down" in the early 1990s, or, if you dare, Matt Groening's "School is Hell" for an irreverent look at it all.
Glenn C. Koenig commented on a link
This is a hard one. On the one hand, we've known for years that the current public school system, in most places, stifles creativity and dumbs down our youth. Look back to John Hold, or recently to Sir Ken Robinson. We know that the 'factory model has been in place, more or less, for a long time, in spite of this knowledge. Why?
I say it's because of fear throughout our society. I don't blame the president alone for this. Nor do I blame any other small group of public officials or rich folks. I don't blame anybody, as a matter of fact.
What I hope we can do is challenge the current system as a whole, and move from fear (if we don't regiment our kids, they will goof off and never learn anything) to trust (if we support our kids, provide them with good models, create a good environment, encourage collaborative learning as well as solo efforts, etc.). Our only mistake, perhaps, is forgetting how incredibly intelligent, creative, energized, and dedicated to learning our children already are! And stop pretending that we have to lay a grid of structure and competition onto them just to facilitate "an education."
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I was very sad to see this original post from GOOD. I don't consider this within the scope of why I subscribe to GOOD. I'm sorry, but atheism and western 'sciencism' are just other religions as far as I am concerned.
What we call 'science' is always subjective, simply because it is we human beings who have created it and practice it. Our "point of view" is always involved in whatever we presume to be studying. There is no such thing as objectivity, no such thing as objective truth because we are inherently unable to fully understand the workings of our own minds.
Sorry, but you cannot convince me otherwise. The idea that something called the Forer Effect can be given as a reason that any astrological science is inferior to any other science is nonsense. It presumes that there are no mysteries, no questions to pursue, that all is "known" by western science methods.
Yet, on a regular basis, western science issues press releases that amount to saying "oops, what we thought was right yesterday turns out to be wrong on account of what we now know today." What rubbish! What about tomorrow? Have you people no memory? Such human hubris! THINK! As ignorant the science of 50 years ago appears to us now, so will today's science seem just as ignorant 50 years from now.
So, please get off your high horse and step back and give the wonder of the universe with its unanswered questions, a chance to infuse your soul, to give you a proper sense of both our smallness, our insignificance, and yet also our great importance for being a part of it. Call it a paradox, if you will, but this is the natural order of things.
I occasionally read the daily horoscopes in the newspaper for entertainment purposes only. Anyone who either trusts them implicitly, mistakes them for quality astrological analysis and debate, or on the other hand, anyone who uses them to attempt to debunk astrology implicitly is a fool. I expect much better from GOOD. Please get back to the quality I signed up for! Thank you.
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