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Originally posted by rusethorcain
Originally posted by NoRegretsEver
Most people think thats its against what they know or their country to learn other cultures/languages, we are far, far behind. Yet the ego of the typical American cannot be ignored. We lose what we have due to ignorance. We refuse to see what is in front of us.
This isn't even serious education to know that we have fallen behind in a way that our grandchildren couldn't catch up to. We are in trouble and have been for some time, yet were #1.
This is a great point. I have to agree. We seem to consider education such as arts and languages elitist studies and somehow unAmerican. As if all of a sudden we are going to turn into snobs if we get too smart.
It is insanity. I watched one of the right wings news program ask the question..."Would you make your child study Mandarin in school?"
Already..the way they ASK THE QUESTION, "would you MAKE your child" is leading and set up for a rejection of the idea by both parents and students.
Leading people to believe education is a waste of time borders on criminal. It jeapordizes, threatens, the quality of the individuals life - IF they should ever listen and believe the bs.
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