Sunday, July 3, 2016

Our educational system is working on all cylinders

"Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system—it is its crowning achievement," Patrick Deneen writes.
Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts—whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about—have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings. The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. ... 
We have fallen into the bad and unquestioned habit of thinking that our educational system is broken, but it is working on all cylinders. What our educational system aims to produce is cultural amnesia, a wholesale lack of curiosity, history-less free agents, and educational goals composed of content-free processes and unexamined buzz-words like “critical thinking,” “diversity,” “ways of knowing,” “social justice,” and “cultural competence.”

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