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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Why John Taylor Gatto's message works

I am about 2/3 of the way through The Underground History of American Education.  It is incredibly informative.  Often the question is asked: why are schools today so terrible?  Why are public schools that as recently as 25 years ago were great, so horrible now?  What happened?  Some think that things just 'happen'.  As I get older, I now see that almost nothing just 'happens', especially such a large scale disemboweling of a once proud educational system.  One of the things bandied about in the colleges of Education is the excuse that it is the 'culture of poverty' - but that doesn't make sense, and Thomas Sowell has dismantled that myth repeatedly. 

It is convenient that a person who researches these things and finds the answers is dismissed as a 'conspiracy theorist' or worse, a 'revisionist historian'.  By this time you should IMMEDIATELY wonder why the person with the uncomfortable answers is victimized by an 'ad hominem' (personal) attack.  Why attack the person?  Why not attack and refute the facts?  Oftentimes the Establishment doesn't want the grand players known.  It is easier to stay in the shadows while the American people, once a force to be reckoned with, are dumbed down.

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