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August 21, 2015


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Roger Ebert

Schools were designed to fit the industrial paradigm and produce complacent and relatively stupid worker bees.

Now that the industrial model is collapsing, this type of schooling has lost all relevance, even through college, not just the public schools through HS.

The students know it is a waste of time and they become behavior problems. The few who do care are being taught all the wrong things, knowledge that was good for getting jobs in the age of oil but no longer functions that way.

The teachers themselves are caught in cognitive dissonance, not grasping that professions like IT are going obsolete.

Along with the rest of the systems of industrial culture, this system is in collapse mode. It won't take much longer for it to fail completely.



Roger, I agree.

I would also add that most middle- and upper-income public secondary schools have become like college preparatory girls schools (preparing females for disproportionate employment in health care, education, gov't, retail and financial services where employment is 65-85% female) in which a growing majority share of males of most ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds are perceived as a nuisance and who are increasingly alienated, uninspired, and are intellectually and socially "on strike", "boycotting", or "dropping out" of the system that no longer serves them.

But this is not an accident. Deindustrialization, financialization, and feminization of the economy, labor force, and society has been going on for 40-45 years and did not occur simply by chance.

George Mobus

I am reading an increasing number of criticisms along the lines I have been writing about of the education system in a variety of venues that have, until now, mostly advocated the corporatization approach to education reform. Many more people are awakening to the fact that the emperor has no clothes, but I doubt if this comes in time to do anything meaningful about the current system. Better to simply start from scratch I think.



I learned a lot from my own terrible experiences in school, right up to the present, and from having a mother who set up Montessori Schools and finally from reading John Taylor Gatto’s many works on the subject of the history of education. Even so I find myself teaching in higher education and doing the things that I most detest about education when I was a student. I teach a subject that I believe is not important for most of the few students who take our courses using materials and testing methods that all but assure the students will learn almost nothing except what is necessary to get through the course and on to the next step in the educational process. I am hamstrung by the need for a job, a system which although in theory open to almost anything punishes teachers who don’t follow a certain methods and jargon, and the belief, hope might be a better word, that for a small subset of the population what I teach is, in fact, actually important. To make matters worse, in the small field in which I teach, so small that I’ll leave the subject unnamed to avoid being outed as a “doubter”, those that do take part in the formal education process don’t need to learn what I’m teaching while people out in the field actually doing the work are rarely very well educated in any sense of the word. Those who need it don’t get it those who don’t are forced to sit through hours of discussion of the subject or worse on-line reading assignments and tests. If I get too practical in my teaching I am condemned for not being academic too much detail, theory or, god forbid mathematics, and I lose students. On the one hand I do not want higher ed or any education to simply become a training ground for future employers, that’s the trend at my campus, but I also don’t see the point in torturing my students with lots of details about how to calculate this or that or the philosophical underpinnings of a practice if they will never build upon this knowledge or have any practical application for it.

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