Research Notes: (excerpts)Sanity and enlightenment were built into American education in the late 18th century by the likes of Benjamin Franklin or the Quaker settlers who established important schooling systems throughout the midwest. The seeds they and others planted produced a vast and advanced network of schools and teacher training institutions throughout the U.S. This network did not reach everyone and there were flaws, to be sure, but the foundations were in place for an unprecedentedly effective national education program. What the country needed was bold educational policy that built on those foundations - what it got was an ideological takeover.
Many arguments have been put forth to the effect that our country's educational problems are derived from the fact and extent of government involvement in our schools. This is a fallacy promoted by those who simply cannot perceive either the true source of the evil or the enormous good to which an awesomely powerful and wealthy organization can be put if only it is led by enlightened forces. The fault lies not in the structure (for it is obedient) but in the ideas held by those using it, for they are either poorly educated or ill-intentioned. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin could take America's educational systems as they stand and overnight turn them into the most powerful force ever known for the elevation of mankind. Had they had the resources available to our educational leaders today, the concepts they put into motion would never have been outflanked by so ethically impoverished a combine as that revealed by our current account.
The thinking of world leaders is monitored by their educations. Solutions to world problems are now being devised and implemented by people who are the products of an exponentially deteriorating educational system.
Two hallmarks of a failed educational system are: 1) its inability to produce people who can resolve the problems of education itself, and 2) its propensity for elevating to positions of power and authority people who will invent, advocate, and enforce bizarre and destructive solutions. These "solutions" attack the culture like a cancer and prompt those responsible to apply a kind of cultural chemotherapy, painfully staving off the agonizing consequences of their ineptitude until a new echelon of mediocrats has succeeded them.
Life without education becomes a progressive shrinking away from the most positive and exacting dreams of Man.
Humanity is ill-organized. Geographically fragmented, it is spiritually and mentally even more dispersed by an informational oligarchy enthralling the populations of Earth with its psychologically programmed media. This curtain of disinformation drawn over our lives makes any betterment appear inconsequential and futile; all progress is reduced to mere news and is quickly overwhelmed by a relentless tide of deterioration, alarm, and crisis.
Compulsory universal government psychotherapy is not education.
Miseducation of both our leaders and their constituents or subjects is at the root of all our difficulties. Earth is educationally disenfranchised by the innate schemings of a universal ignorance. Nothing short of a complete educational renaissance will serve.
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