posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 11:21 AM
Originally posted by GrandStrategy
Originally posted by muzzleflash
All human children have this potential and more, much more.
But people don't care that much and they don't believe in them.
People talk down to kids.
This kid told everyone how it works. He cared and thought about things, read up on issues through various sources and listened to people talk and
I am appalled we don't all prod our children towards this.
Oh and did you notice where he mentioned government public education was instrumental in his development ? I didn't either. That speaks volumes in
But government public education was instrumental in his development. He was presumably taught to read by a public school.
Could be a shock but government public education is celebrated in most countries as a beacon of the advanced world. For many kids, especially outside
of the western world, public education is the only real, widespread, accessible means of learning.
The anti-school movement is primarily an American thing.
Prior to modern times, most never had access to books much less an institution built on them. What information did exist was guarded jealously often
In recent history "nation states" developed "public funded school networks" which is not exemplary of the majority of human history.
Not only that, but if you go look up all of the great thinkers, you will find the majority learned to read and do math by their parents or other
family or private tutors.
Nearly all of the great artists, inventors, statesmen, orators, etc through history were home schooled. The wealthy ones could afford various types of
'tutors' that would give personal direct instructions.
The reason the system actually worked so well is because 1 on 1 instruction is the fastest most efficient way to catch a kid up to speed on
everything. Having 1 teacher for 30 kids slows and complicates the process unreasonably.
"Public School" as we know it today, is an "industrial age" advent of the sorts, meant to give "industry workers" a place to leave their kids
safely to learn while they work. This replaced the older systems where things were much more personable.
Of course there are exceptions but overall that is how history seems to have played out.
And if you compare today's "great minds" with the great minds of the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, it becomes clear how great the
differences really are. Of course there are exceptions but the ratio of great thinkers today per population doesn't quite feel as high as it used to
be. I do admit that is a guesstimate.