Very good point friend.
I had always taken the perspective of the founding fathers. They were afraid of a democratic system because they felt the average citizen would not
make responsible decisions based on the concurrent philosophical debates on the time of the nature of humanity. They had determined that because we
would more often than not act in our best interest, that democracy could indeed become a dangerous thing. They also felt that the average citizen
would not know the neccessary information to make these important decisions, solely because most of them at the time, and even now, would not take it
upon themselves to learn
what was neccessary to make these decisions. Thus they decided upon the Representative-Democracy
Unfortuneately, however, I feel certain entities have taken this fear of a mis/under-informed citizen to new heights, and are now methodically
spreading this dis-information and attitude regarding intellectual status.
Your point is a very powerful and frightening one indeed, but at least I can take comfort in the fact that others out there at least recognize this is
. I suppose the true issue now is who will take it upon themselves to do anything about it?
Or has the problem become so engrained in our society that it's already too late to do anything....
Edit: Thank you for the comment Peeps, I tried
As to your point, while it is an admirable and idyllic way to solve the current problem, do you not think that same process could be used to a
negative agenda the same way the current school system is being used to dumb-down the next generation of voters?
What I mean is, could your home tutoring and schooling in itself breed a type of citizen reminiscent of the aristocracies past? While I too share the
sentiment that children are kept children for far too long, I could forsee your method being abused in the same method that this current system is
being abused, but to a reverse effect.
Then again, perhaps the intent? Using public schools to dumb down the masses, while the select few receive true schooling, and that would in turn be
used to place them above those who received a public education. Could this simply be another aristocracy in the making?
While I wish it was as simple as economics in action, I can't help but feel there is something/someone driving
the nation down this current
course, and perhaps they're using the power of the dollar to simply further their cause.
It's all so terribly confusing.
[edit on 27/2/06 by Conquistadork]