In our quest to become a fact-free nation, dismantling education can certainly play in important part. I read this article today by Chris Hedges that had several quotable lines that stood out for me.
Concerning life in general and rating everything solely on standardized testing:
Passing bubble tests celebrates and rewards a peculiar form of analytical intelligence. This kind of intelligence is prized by money managers and corporations. They don’t want employees to ask uncomfortable questions or examine existing structures and assumptions. They want them to serve the system. These tests produce men and women who are just literate and numerate enough to perform basic functions and service jobs. The tests elevate those with the financial means to prepare for them. They reward those who obey the rules, memorize the formulas and pay deference to authority. Rebels, artists, independent thinkers, eccentrics and iconoclasts—those who march to the beat of their own drum—are weeded out.
On what you do with your mind:
The capacity to think is the only bulwark against any centralized authority that seeks to impose mindless obedience.
The article jived well with my angst on how we're going to get through the next few years, much less the next hundred. Being a fact-free nation with collective amnesia isn't a strong way to approach it. I meet so many that cannot think two clicks around the next curve. That's the norm. Let go of that television for starters.