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Nevernose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-04-06 08:25 PM
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34. The education system is NOT completely dysfunctional
Edited on Tue Jul-04-06 08:25 PM by Nevernose
If "most people" are hypocritical, spoiled brats, as you posit, the what happens when they have kids and those kids are required to go to school?

Our school systems are only the symptoms of a much larger disease -- apathy, laziness, and entertainment are the only values that we have left, it sometimes seems. Cell phones, iPods, GameBoys, X-Boxes, $200 tennis shoes, and goddamned cable TV, combined with poverty, racism, unemployment, poor health care, poor nutrition, and a fifty percent divorce rate, combined with the aforementioned apathy and laziness -- add these up and throw a hundred other factors into the mix, and the only surprise is that people are still blaming the schools, one of the few institutions left trying to combat all of these problems. Gangs, violence, drugs, drugs, drugs, teen pregnancy. Rampant materialism.

God knows that our education isn't perfect (few things are). There are whackos trying to teach creationism and force kids to pray to their god, for instance, and the number one obstacle to attracting new teachers to the profession is the lack of decent wages (see: other semi-coherent rants on materialism). We could spend some of the money rebuilding Iraq's schools on rebuilding American schools, but if we spent it on our own kids we'd be communists :).

What people tend to forget is that, ultimately, schools are still The Good Guys.
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  - Wow! I didn't know there were any actual photos...  Kutjara   Jul-04-06 04:42 AM   #6 
     - I wouldn't argue this in a Civics class but bet that this culture  sfexpat2000   Jul-04-06 04:51 AM   #7 
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  - This is actually an explosively good idea!  FredStembottom   Jul-04-06 11:52 AM   #23 
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  - Because their attention span is about the size of a gnat and they can't  lonestarnot   Jul-04-06 10:34 AM   #15 
  - Republican TP  BringEmOn   Jul-04-06 10:43 AM   #16 
  - Terrific photo  AndreaCG   Jul-04-06 10:47 AM   #17 
  - If only . . .  timontheleft   Jul-04-06 10:49 AM   #18 
  - So what yer sayin is the education system is completely dysfunctional  omega minimo   Jul-04-06 11:05 AM   #19 
  - I think anyone who say's the education system is not dysfunctional  RagingInMiami   Jul-04-06 12:37 PM   #29 
  - Isn't it hypocritical to benefit from "Freedom" & be ignorant of it ?  omega minimo   Jul-04-06 12:55 PM   #31 
  - according to my almanac  hfojvt   Jul-04-06 09:11 PM   #35 
     - Yes, USA is still # 1!  RagingInMiami   Jul-05-06 02:03 AM   #36 
  - The education system is NOT completely dysfunctional  Nevernose   Jul-04-06 08:25 PM   #34 
     - I have no doubt that the people within the education system  RagingInMiami   Jul-05-06 02:08 AM   #37 
        - It's like blaming the police for high crime rates.  Nevernose   Jul-05-06 07:52 AM   #39 
  - Because you have to READ to care about the Constitution........  Joanne98   Jul-04-06 11:11 AM   #20 
  - That gives me an idea....  Jade Fox   Jul-04-06 11:27 AM   #21 
  - Right you are!  intheflow   Jul-04-06 11:37 AM   #22 
  - I don't think it's the people at all  blues90   Jul-04-06 11:54 AM   #24 
  - See post 13  RagingInMiami   Jul-04-06 12:16 PM   #26 
  - Sacred Documents  Son Of Spy   Jul-04-06 12:15 PM   #25 
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  - People respond to symbols ~ I wonder if someone interviewed every person  Catrina   Jul-04-06 02:18 PM   #32 
  - With the education system in this country so (intentionally) gutted  Blue Velvet   Jul-04-06 08:08 PM   #33 
  - The ones who are frightened by burning flags have never had any fear  RGBolen   Jul-05-06 07:53 AM   #40 
  - Bumper sticker patriotism  Reader Rabbit   Jul-05-06 08:04 AM   #41 

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