posted on Jun, 30 2013 @ 10:22 AM
When one enters a college or university, one chooses to pursue a course of study in a specific field, and expects to receive an education that takes
into account current events and current trends. Some courses will be swayed toward the liberal agenda and some will be swayed toward the conservative
agenda. That is to be somewhat expected since the instructors are human and have deep-set ideologies. That said, I do believe the liberal agenda gets
the lion's share of attention, simply because colleges are staffed with academics. Liberal ideologies typically (IMO anyway) concentrate on social
and economic theory, while conservative ideologies typically concentrate on the practicality.
Regardless, the students at this point are adults and are able to make up their own mind.
In primary education, however, the situation is different. In primary education, the students are not adults and are more susceptible to
indoctrination. They are also not equipped with prior information with which to vet the information being presented. And finally, they are not at
liberty to change education majors or even schools in most cases. They are a captive audience, and essentially helpless to refute the information
Primary education should not be liberal nor conservative. It should be about reading, writing, comprehension, mathematics, history... and it is
failing miserably in the US! As a remedial math tutor in the local college for two years, I have had to help students with concepts as simple as
multiplication and division! 70% or more of the students starting college here have no real understanding of basic algebra, and that is just the
students who go on to college. Add in the ones who do not continue and the percentage of under-taught students is even higher. But most of these
students "know" that climate change is caused by black smoke, or that the South attacked the North in the Civil War, or that computers are capable
of independent thought.
All of those are false, by the way.
In terms of high school graduate competence intellectually, US students rank far far down the list. In terms of money spent on primary education, we
rank very high on the list. In other words we spend a lot more money and get a lot less results than other countries. Not other advanced
countries, other countries including newly-developing countries.
The reason is that we even have to ask the question posed in this thread. Education is not about political or social indoctrination, and I honestly
wish we could convict every person who tries to introduce a liberal or conservative ideology into primary schools for treason.
Too much liberalism? Don't know, don't care. Too much agenda of any kind?