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  •  Religious right, of course, is the source of (4+ / 0-)

    the zealotry behind destroying public education.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:16:46 AM PDT

    •  Only the Populist Zealotry. nt (0+ / 0-)

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:19:28 AM PDT

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    •  Yes that's one part (8+ / 0-)

      But also it benefits the entire GOP movement to destroy the quality of our educational system. If they don't teach critical thinking in schools, getting people to vote against their own interests is a lot easier.

      A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

      by onionjim on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:51:44 AM PDT

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      •  No offense, but I have gone to both (0+ / 0-)

        public and private religious schools and have found critical thinking taught much more in the private than the public, especially in the Jesuit community.

        •  take a look at some imposed public curricula (5+ / 0-)

          and you will discover in many cases that critical thinking is not a major value

          I will also note there are non-public schools who totally discourage critical thinking, whose primary purpose is to indoctrinate in their (usually religious) values.

          No student got through my classes in public schools without being challenged on her thinking, being assisted in learning how to think - and express - in greater depth and with greater precision.

          "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

          by teacherken on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:19:54 AM PDT

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    •  That and the general selfishness (1+ / 0-)
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      Of the American people.  The idea of doing something simply because it is the right thing to do is anathema to most Americans.   It's always. "What's in it for me?"

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescindibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:58:20 AM PDT

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      •  It wasn't always like that. "Community" used to (2+ / 0-)
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        mean something. Now, the whole concept of "community" has become deprecated, and widely derided as "socialism". That this has happened is no accident.

        This country was at its peak, its economy was the strongest, when the most successful paid very high progressive tax rates, when there truly was a sense of everyone contributing and giving back, and when we paid salaries and provided benefits that allowed the middle class to flourish. When the American Dream was truly alive.

        Sheer greed, Ayn Randism at its worst (or at its finest, if you will), is killing -- has killed -- the American Dream. All so that we can make more billionaires, and so the billionaires can be that much more wealthy and powerful.

        And not incidentally, so they can dictate how children should be taught.

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