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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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