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originally posted by: MRuss
a reply to: Asktheanimals
While I appreciate your thoughts, I think you've missed the point.
What he is trying to say is that this generation--and the rest that will follow--have been conditioned to become worker drones who won't question the status quo and who will happily march into the New World Order because that is what they have been conditioned to do.
This was not so much a comment on the education system as much as it was a warning that our student's minds are being hijacked to carry out the tenants of globalization and total control.
They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.
I have been teaching a freshman seminar for about eight years that is entitled “The End of Education.” In the seminar we study about ten different authors, ranging from Plato and Aristotle to John Dewey and Allan Bloom, all with an eye to exploring the questions “what is education for?” “What end does it seek to achieve?”
The aim of the course is not necessarily to give my students the answer to that question but to make them aware of the intense debate that has taken place over the history of Western Civilization over the ends and purpose of education. As I begin my first class by explaining, if you want to know the commitments of a civilization, look at what it aims to teach its young. If one of the main marks of a civilization is its effort to perpetuate itself over successive generations, then its deepest and ultimate cares will be reflected in its educational commitments.
The Purpose of Education in American Society