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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 12:56 PM
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23. Actually, I got a better education in math, history, science, and...
...literature in my old-fashioned Catholic school more than forty years ago (I won't say how many more, thanks very much) than my public-school cohorts received. The academic rigor of that school was far greater than almost all of the public schools in surrounding neighborhoods. The problem isn't schools run by/for religious denominations, it's institutions labelled "school" that function as disinformation and indoctrination facilities.

There is just so much wrong with the WHOLE education-- well, can't call it a 'system,' can we? The whole education schmear, then-- in America that I am not really comfortable with any blanket condemnation of any category of attempts to educate. Every category contains those sincerely attempting to impart real education, those playing along because it's the least cost and effort and they don't give a damn' anyway, and those deliberately twisting the process for their own misbegotten ends.

That said, I agree with the nub of your gist, which is that in order to establish, maintain, and prosper as a democratic society, we need a strong, functional public education system as the norm for the overwhelming majority of our citizenry. When we lost that, the loss of democracy was inevitable within thirty years. No one can legitimately be 'surprised' to watch it slipping through our fingers now.

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