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  •  Pretty hard to be an "educated" person (12+ / 0-)

    without at least a rudimentary understanding of probability, statistics, and science.

    The talking heads aren't, by and large, educated enough to understand their own ignorance. Furthermore, in a world where the worker is expected to further his or her own education they have failed to become life-long learners.

    The larger problem with the media's autodidactic learners is they fail to address the "hard stuff". That's a weakness of home schooling too.

    My advice is to stay away from watching television.

    •  It's Almost As If... (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Johnson, paul2port

      ...they dreamed up the notion of "life-long learning" as an excuse for why the tightening squeeze on the 99% is their own fault rather than as a sincere attempt to solve the problem.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:34:33 PM PST

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      •  I believe in life-long learning (3+ / 0-)
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        Bob Johnson, Pluto, Freakinout daily

        but...

        * at one time companies carried some of the load by providing apprenticeships, seminars, re-training etc. for their employees. Now they're just as likely to ship the job out, or import someone rather than invest in their current workers.

        * there are abuses in the current education system that work against the individual continuing their education. Fees are important, but the type of courses, and credentials offered at times and places that are convenient to adult learners is important too.

        * a significant part of popular culture is actually opposed to education, bettering oneself, learning for the joy of it, trying to get ahead.

        You're right that they, the system, wants people to feel it is their own damn fault when what a person is facing is a social sea-change, or global economic change, far beyond their own capacity as an individual.

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