Public Schools Promote Culture of Ignorance

Mar 1, 2016 by

Bruce Deitrick Price – Progressive educators, since the time of John Dewey  have been dismissive of knowledge. They tend to regard facts and content as elitist, something that will divide children into groups. Furthermore, progressives want to create little socialists; facts seem to get in the way.
So the crusade against knowledge has been part of American life for generations. But now the drumbeat grows louder and more insistent.
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There is much clatter in education about the Four C’s: Creativity, Cooperation, Communication and Critical Thinking. The idea seems to be: let’s toss out the old-fashioned stuff (like math, history, science, geography, literature, etc.) and replace all of that with so-called competencies or soft skills, such as cooperation.
The National Education Association featured an article titled: “An Educator’s Guide to the “Four Cs”- Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society.” Traditional education, we are told, failed because there wasn’t enough concern with creativity, cooperation, communication and critical thinking. The NEA claims: “What was considered a good education 50 years ago…is no longer enough for success in college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century.”
Did moving from one century to another change the nature of the world? The NEA wants you to think so. And with that empty claim, they want you to reject “what was considered a good education 50 years ago.”  Specifically, they want everyone to stop doing what smart schools always did, which is to stress basic skills and the acquisition of knowledge. They want everyone to accept ignorance as the new normal.
 You’ve probably heard the phrase “the deliberate dumbing down of America.” This is how they do it, right in front of your eyes. Serve up a wisp of sophistry about the 21st century, state that students should not bother with traditional skills and hard knowledge, and instead schools should spend their time teaching so-called new competencies. Presto, out with what has always worked, in with yet another destructive fad.
First thing to note: many experts say you can’t even teach the Four C’s in any real sense. What schools traditionally did, for thousands of years, was to teach foundational knowledge. In learning and evaluating a variety of facts, children pick up soft skills such as critical thinking and creativity. So, what happens if you don’t teach foundational knowledge? Nothing happens. That is our problem. The pump is not primed.
 Today, a fifth C is swamping all the others. That would be a Culture of Ignorance. Once upon a time, the whole point of putting kids in school was to fill their heads with new information. Today, that is actively discouraged. Memorization, always called “rote,” is demonized as “teaching to the test” or “drill and kill.”
 The goal of acquiring knowledge is often scorned  Children are not tested on knowing anything in particular. Everything is soft: soft knowledge, soft skills, soft testing. So even when a teacher, and this is rare, is actually teaching knowledge, there is no feeling in the air that students should be retaining the information. That option is what we are losing. Schools used to be infused with a culture of learning. Now there is a culture of not-bothering-to-learn.
The acquisition of knowledge, that’s what the NEA is trying to make obsolete. The people in charge of the schools have a glittering array of alibis and excuses. There is always some clever reason why children don’t need to learn something.
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 An ex-teacher who calls himself “Altruist” left these faddish opinions  n a forum: “Today the amount of knowledge available has grown exponentially…So who determines what stuff the kids have to learn? The best person to determine what information to learn is the individual that has to learn it, but most kids don’t know what they will need till they need it…All of the information in the universe can be found on line. So instead of memorizing it all, why not just teach kids how to find it and access it, so when they are interested in a subject the kids can learn it then…Memorization and the accumulation of knowledge is the least demanding of cognitive skills. Why not spend the few hours we have them teaching them how to use the information out there and how to process it.

If you’re impressed by any of this, please read it over and over until you see how sophistical it is. You’re supposed to wait until you know you need something and then look it up or learn it? So you’ll be 40 years old learning how to multiply numbers or who George Washington is? All the information is online so you don’t need to memorize it?? Fifty years ago all the “information in the universe” was in encyclopedias and libraries. Did it ever occur to anybody to argue that therefore you don’t need to know any of it?
The main thing to note here is that no matter what argument is presented, it always ends up favoring ignorance. Our Education Establishment has become a one-trick pony.
 The claim that knowledge is the “least demanding of cognitive skills” is especially offensive. Benjamin Bloom  a quack’s quack, prioritized the various skills a human might have. And what do you know? He claimed that retaining knowledge is so trivial that any life form above a snail would refuse to do it. Benjamin Bloom wants you to participate in your own dumbing-down.
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QED: Dumbing down by hook or by crook is what our Education Establishment is doing to the country. Public schools are overrun by a Culture of Ignorance. The situation seems to be getting worse.  We’re moving toward the point where children will not be expected to know there are 12 inches in a foot or 24 hours in a day.  It would be so unfair if some children knew these facts and some did not.
The Education Establishment says ignorance is bliss. Our ignorance is bliss for them because they want to be in control. That was the essence of George Orwell’s famous slogan “Ignorance is Strength.

 

Bruce Deitrick Price’s education site is Improve-Education.org. (His four new novels are presented on his literary site Lit4u.com)

 

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    Ned

    It’s easy to understand WHY they want kids ignorant, no substance, EMOTIONALIZE and Sex education is a PRIORITY for as little as preschool. Liberal DESTROY KIDS.

    The latest example:
    California Democrats legalize child prostitution
    By TRAVIS ALLEN • 12/29/16 1:58 PM

    Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.

    SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.

    This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policy making: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.

    The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit.

    As Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a national leader on human trafficking issues, told the media, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Another prosecutor insightfully observed that if traffickers wrote legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322.

    Minors involved in prostitution are clearly victims, and allowing our law enforcement officers to pick these minors up and get them away from their pimps and into custody is a dramatically better solution than making it legal for them to sell themselves for sex. That only deepens their victimization and renders law enforcement powerless to stop the cycle of abuse. SB 1322 is not simply misguided — its consequences are immoral.
    Unfortunately for Californians, SB 1322 isn’t an outlier — it’s only the tip of the liberal iceberg. 2017 will see the Golden State subjected to wave after wave of laws taking effect that are well-intentioned but disastrous embodiments of progressive utopianism.
    One such new Democratic-authored law throws open the door to even greater government dependency on the part of the poor by rolling back proven reforms. In 1996, welfare reform was one of the greatest social legislation achievements of the last century, ending the lifetime welfare system and putting millions of Americans on the road to self-reliance and self-respect. In its wake, California lawmakers passed a law barring increased payments to women who have more children while still on welfare, in order to encourage women to achieve independence before having more children.

    It’s a tough provision that works — which was apparently irrelevant to Gov. Jerry Brown, who just signed a bill repealing that prohibition. Henceforth, no matter how many children someone has while on welfare, the state government will ratchet up payments with each child, with no limit. Incredibly, the Democratic author of this bill claims she wants to discourage women from having more children while on welfare — but instead passed legislation replacing that effective reform with a law that restarts the cycle of welfare dependency.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/california-democrats-legalize-child-prostitution/article/2610540

    Senate Bill No. 1322
    https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1322

    THIS is why they have graphic and explicit sex classes for pre school on up. They tell them being a homosexual, transgendered is okay and the “new” family. that encourages them to take this direction. Now they have no legal recourse when raped under the age of 18. All the have to do is throw money at them and it will be consent. So understand what is behind this EMOTIONAL TRAINING of children in our public schools. This is wrong and hideous!

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    I am a retired teacher and unequivocally proclaim that there is no hope for America as long as Christians and conservatives allow our children to be indoctrinated in the pagan (a.k.a. “public”) schools. See specifics at http://www.insectman.us/exodus-mandate-wv/index.htm

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