This Building Has Caused More Problems Than It Solved

Posted by Idiocracy42 2 years, 7 months ago to Education
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on schooling during COVID-19, the future of higher ed, and why her cabinet department probably shouldn't exist at all
SOURCE URL: https://reason.com/2020/10/25/this-building-has-caused-more-problems-than-it-solved/

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  • Posted by $ Commander 2 years, 7 months ago
    I'll refer you to John Gatto: Dumbing Us Down; The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
    Chapter One: The Seven Lesson School Teacher. "I teach....(with explanations of each lesson)
    1. Confusion
    2, Class Position
    3, Indifference
    4. Emotional Dependency
    5. Intellectual Dependency
    6. Provisional Self-esteem
    7, One Can't Hide
    The educators, which I separate from teachers, that I know, have unilateral resolve for the dissolution of this department. My father spent 37 years inciting minds to learn for the joy of learning. I know three of his administrative people who hired him into their respective school environments. Dad has been fired three times for not bowing to the Holy system in favor of doing what he saw work as a healthy environment for learning. mshupe and I had quite an exchange some months past regarding a lot of this....just can't find the post reference quickly.
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  • Posted by $ blarman 2 years, 7 months ago
    I think we could do a lot worse than DeVos. Anyone who works for the government with the intent to put themselves out of a job has the mindset we desperately need!
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  • Posted by Katrina41 2 years, 7 months ago
    During my son's 5th grade class in Washington State (1978) I read the state teaching guide. One item in particular caught my attention. One important thing to teach the students was "ambiguity". When I asked his teacher why this should be taught, this teacher told me that ambiguity meant an open mind, able to be open to all possibilities. If she really believed that BS, the dumbing down of America was already in progress, starting with the so-called educators.
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  • Posted by 2 years, 7 months ago
    A refreshing read from Reason...

    "Have the last four years gone by quickly for you?

    Well, it's only been three and a half, but it has gone very quickly. The temptation for anyone in this role is to implement policy that is reflective of your political persuasion or philosophy. I don't think that's the right way to approach policy, particularly from this building. I think I've continued to be very circumspect about that, because I know what I had to come in and undo. This building has caused more problems than it solved."
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  • Posted by BradA 2 years, 7 months ago
    The article is referring to a government building. That argument can be applied equally to nearly every such building. The purpose of most government departments and programs is not to solve the problems they were created to address, but to perpetuate them and ultimately preserve their underlying bureaucracy.
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