November 20, 2016

Doomsday 11/9

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” - Neil Postman


  1. Anonymous4:58 PM

    Sad isn't it Caz. It looks like the greedy elite have finally succeeded in engineering the Kiddie Kulture that was intended.

    George Carlon once again explains why & how in just a few minutes

    And something to watch if you have the inclination and curiosity:

    The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America with Charlotte Iserbyt"


  2. The Carlton spiel could just as easily be about Australia. Hundreds of billions have been poured into 'education' in Australia (remember 'education nation', oh those were the days) - and we continue to drop in international rankings for educational outcomes. The increased spending has gone on for decades, and there was Gillard throwing more at it, with evidence that all previous cash splashes had no results.

    Oh how western countries bleat about Asian countries not being creative, and teaching by rote, but the fact is, they don't, or at least not past drumming in the fundamentals, which we long ago abandoned. Asian countries are collaborative and creative in engaging children, their teaching is different, they mentor and focus on the skill of teaching - it's better - plus they don't clutter the day with brain washing and sex and other political agendas. Western countries have to hurl ignorant insults (even Turnbull did it, not so long ago), out of resentment and envy, not to be mention being angrily mystified why others do better and we do worse. It's not a mystery.

    Even today, yet another letter in the paper, lamenting all of the money going into seduction, when it should be going into raising teacher salaries, as if paying more for the same people to do the same shite will change the educational outcomes.

  3. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Agree Caz, Australia is not much different - the quantity of money will never substitute for the quality of this famous teacher knows well.

    What's an Elite Education? - Famous Teacher Explains - John Taylor Gatto - 5 minutes

    "John Taylor Gatto[1] (born December 15, 1935[2]) is an American author and former school teacher who taught in the classroom for nearly 30 years. He devoted much of his energy to his teaching career, then, following his resignation, authored several books on modern education, criticizing its ideology, history, and consequences. He is best known for the underground classic Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, and The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling, which is sometimes considered to be his magnum opus.

    He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. -- Wiki

    Gatto managed to do amazing things with his students - by breaking all the rules.


  4. I imagine John Taylor Gatto is considered a dangerous man, and he is, but who is listening?

    No one reads Hobbs.

    There are also good videos out there about education knocking all creativity out of people, which is true.