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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #58)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 01:14 PM

62. If you want kids to learn trades, they should be instead of taking stupid tests

 

And learning to take tests. Where anyone ranks on this piece of shit has no bearing whatsoever on their ability to learn plumbing, electrical, construction, etc.


national economic competitiveness continues to erode, you might start to care.

As a bit of a protectionist, I don't give a fuck. Economic competitiveness only matters insofar as a government subjects its people to compete globally without protections. I do not accept that context, nor prioritize the ability to compete whatsoever with the world (or even the town down the street). I think we are approaching a new age where we should shift focus on regional resilience instead of global trade, and ensuring that regions have autonomy and independence, with the ability to meet their own needs (even if this means forfeiting a trade advantage).

Maximizing our ability to produce and trade goods globally does not make us happier, nor add to the human experience one iota. It just makes us cogs in the fuckn machine. Let's make less shit and make more of it locally. Lets stop competing and cut back the work week. Instead, we need to compete to be happier, and you don't get that slaving 14 hours a day.


It is how we teach those kids that should matter, and where current philosophy is failing.

I don't think that the philosophy of how to produce humans that perpetually increase the velocity of energy is philosophy at all. I think the problem is we are lacking philosophy. At this point its religion. We must make more, consume more, do more, be more, think more, all because we believe that more growth and progress and development is an a priori good and benefit to mankind on our pathway to transcendence from our current human condition (contrary to all evidence otherwise that is scientifically provable).


But I guess knowing how to read and write, and do numbers are not that important

When you say things like "important", you should mention the context you are speaking from. Its immensely important if you want humans to build shit until the entire biosphere collapses in the great name of progress. It means dick in the context of aggregate health and human happiness (which we have no true idea if it wasn't higher 10K years ago). If you do not mention a context, it is likely because you cannot view reality apart from your arbitrary worldview & religion of economic and human progress (if one perceives a relative context as universal, there is no alternative worth mentioning).

I'm so tired of these fucking tests suggesting we need to shove more information and tests and learning at our children so they can produce more garbage as adults. We need to shove more love and philosophy at them so they can produce more happiness and health.

Children are not machines to be programmed. They are not here to produce your utopia. We are here to produce one for them. We are failing and it has nothing to do with us not teaching them enough of the same shit (we aren't teaching them the right shit)

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