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What goes into school textbooks—and, even more, what is left out—spurs concern and controversy all over the world. And so it should. Few, if any, instruments shape national culture more powerfully than the materials used in school http://econ.st/RBW3yG
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The dumbing down of America.  Wrote a paper a while back that discussed the original intent of the school system.  Here is a piece of it:

Education has certainly taken an odd turn in the current state of affairs.  One would have never thought that the status of a teacher would become little more than that of a civil servant and that the quality of education itself would be relegated to producing a labor force.  The origin of education within the United States appears to have ominous beginnings within itself in some schools of thought.  One school contends that education was begun by religious instigation that eventually had legislators concerned that private education cultivated by certain religious doctrine might actually give the students incorrect values that would ultimately lead to them becoming criminals.  The responsible authority for education, according to this school of thought, as dictated by the Free Schools Act of 1867, became the state.  (Lott, John. "Freedomnomics." Vox Nova. 23 Feb. 2008 < http://vox-nova.com/2008/02/23/the-surprising-origin-of-americas-public-schools/ >.)

This certainly did not caste a good light upon the quality of the educator.

Alexander Inglis outlined in his 1918 book, Principles of Secondary Education, an even more daunting supposition.  Inglis, who had a lecture in education named after him at Harvard, contended that public education on this continent was designed to literally constrain the American version of peasants and proletarians by keeping them “dumbed down” so that they would never unite and become a thinking, integrated whole that would be considered dangerous.  

Inglis divided what he considered to be the actual purpose of American education into six areas.  It stated that the role of school is to (1) create “fixed habits of reactions to authority” otherwise known as reflexive obedience; (2) make children as much alike as possible in order to be able to use them as labor; (3) shape proper social roles; (4) divide children and “teach” them according to their social role; (5) clearly and successfully label those considered unfit as undesirable by their peers; and (6) create a small handful of “overseers” taught to continually perpetrate the process.  (Gatto, John Taylor.  “How Public School Cripples Our Kids And Why.” Harper’s Magazine forum “School on a Hill.” Sept. 2003 < http://www.spinninglobe.net/againstschool.htm>.)  

This also fails to place the role of the educator into good stead.

There is a popular video currently circulating that was produced by Sony.  Some of the points made within the video are prefaced by “Did You Know?”  (Fisch, Karl. McLeod, Scott. Brenman, Jeff. “Did You Know?” < Did You Know? >) and include the following statements: 

(1) 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ’s … is greater than the total population of the United States or in other words, India has more honor kids than America has kids; 

(2) The top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 did not even exist in 2004.  We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet; 

(3) It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information that a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century;

(4) It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0x10^19) of unique information will be generated this year.  That is more than the previous 5000 years; and

(5) For students starting a 4 year technical degree, this means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study. 

Today, good teachers face almost insurmountable odds.  They are forced to operate within boundaries designed to create non-thinkers untrained in solving problems while desiring to elevate the students whose trust has been placed in them to the student’s highest potential.  
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Attorney Madison concentrates in the area of criminal defense; he is a well staffed solo practitioner, which, allows each client to receive personal attention and quality representation. Attorney Madison has successfully handled many of the highest profile cases in Summit County and Ohio. Some of those cases have garnered the attention of international media such as CNN, Court TV, Larry King, The Montell Williams Show, ProSabian TV (Germany) and Dateline NBC.
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