Thursday, March 20, 2008

Musings

On page 69 of How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, it states, "Schools are not machines for teachings facts: they are the mechanism whereby societies replicate themselves."

If that is the case, then one would expect that, as a society grows more insular (or develops more sub-grouping), a greater level of education would be necessary to achieve the same goal of societal replication.

This seems to be the case. As societies are growing more insular and more clannish, and the amount of education is increasing globally--by the educational results--the learning of facts, has stayed relatively constant. In the 1920's, a grade school education was all you needed. In the 1950's, high school. In the 1980's college. Today, graduate school. The addition of 10 extra years of schooling, more if you count preschool, has achieved relatively little, and surely not double the results.

All this education is doing something, and it's not learning. It's making more Americans in a world that's pulling them apart.

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