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Monday, March 11, 2013

LWF: Noam Chomsky- The Purpose of Education


The purpose of education is for people to learn what they need to know in order to be successful in life. Not teach them what to think, but how to think and how to learn so they can make the best out of all available important information out there. Which is what any democracy needs to be successful. People being able to learn and think for themselves, especially in a liberal democracy where information is more critical (I would argue) because we have more freedom to make our own decisions. instead of living in a social-democracy where more is expected from the central government to do for us.

Which is why educators shouldn’t be judged and compensated by how well they teach or how long they’ve taught. But how well their students are learning. (To paraphrase U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan) And what they are learning. Which is also why students shouldn’t be promoted based on how long they’ve been in school or how old they are. But by what they’ve learned. You can’t have a free society without an educated society. People will never have the freedom to live their own lives if they don’t have the job that draws the income that gives that freedom. But even with money the individual still has to decide what to think, where to work, where to live, who to associate with, how to live their private lives, etc. And that all starts with a good education.

The opposite of an educated free society is a developing country. Where there simply not enough quality schools and educators to go around. And as a result you don’t have the educated workforce and consumer class needed to make your county a good in investment. And as a result investors stay out of your country. Or an authoritarian state where the central government decides for everyone who lives there what people should know and what they should think. And for anyone who goes against that they are subjected to government sanctions. But a developed free society is an educated society. A society where people choose to live and stay, because it has the freedom and economic opportunity that people want and need to live well. And that starts first with parenting and then quality education.

American Prospect: Role of Government: "When Public Is Better": The Differences Between Social-Democracy and Liberal-Democracy

When Public Is Better

I just wrote blog about two hours ago on what is Liberal-Democracy on a different site. And last night I wrote a blog about the differences between Liberal-Democrats and Social-Democrats in the. Democratic Party so this might sound repetitive but this is important because it goes to the heart and the division in. The Democratic Party and what Democrats believe is the role of government especially the Federal Government. And it also goes to the differences between individualism in its Liberal form and collectivism.

If you are what I would call a Liberal individualistic, you believe that people when they are educated and know all of the important facts. That they can make the best decisions for themselves, that government can help inform people but the people themselves can make these decisions for themselves. And that you have a competitive market so we all have as many good choices as possible. Thats the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party that Bill Clinton brought back to life in the Democratic Party and to a large extent. Its still the Bill Clinton Democratic Party with Clintonians still in charge, I'm a Clintonian myself. If you are a Collectivist you believe that if people have choice and freedom. They'll either make bad choices, I mean we would automatically make bad choices, one of the issues I have with Progressives is that they. Tend to be pessimistic or we would get taken advantage of by someone in the private sector. Because we are too dumb and get fooled easily because we are only human. But they believe if government is in charge especially the Federal Government, that we wouldn't be able to make bad choices because. Government would make those decisions for ourselves.

If todays Progressives were in charge I don't believe we would have a private healthcare system. Insurance as well as healthcare but we wouldn't have a private retirement system either. Its hard to read the blog from the Roosevelt Institute any day now and not find some editorial about the need for the. Federal Government to create this new program or takeover this part of the economy or another part of the economy. You could probably forget about a private banking system or private schools and so fourth. That all matters that are considered social services would become matters of the state. Public housing, people living there would be living in government run apartment buildings probably in the. Same run down neighborhoods as they are in today, instead of residents of public housing given vouchers to. Help pay for their rent.

What you would get in a Social-Democracy in America which I believe would never happen from the Progressives of today. Is that all matters that are viewed as social services, education, healthcare, health insurance, pension. Childcare, banking and so fourth, things that people have to have to live, perhaps drugs and food would be matters of state. Meaning the Federal Government would either be running these things and in most cases running them. Or be heavily involved in them through taxation and regulation, to prevent people from being taken advantage of or making mistakes with their own money. Or to prevent some people from having it too god compared with others so we are all the same. What Liberals want to do is to empower the individual with all the resources and info that they need to be. Able to make their own decisions and have the opportunity that they need to be successful in life but again. Then its up to them to make the best of those opportunities or not.

This is the divide in the Democratic Party because the Leader of the party is essentially a Clintonian. Except for maybe when it comes to the War on Terror, which is why you have some Democrats who love President Obama. Or like him a lot such as myself and then you have others who think he's essentially a traitor because he isn't as far to the left as they are. And basically see him as a center-right Republican which is ongoing debate I've been involved in myself.

The Atlantic: Education: Jordan Weissman: "How Washington Could Make College Tuition Free Without Spending a Penny More"

How Washington Could Make College Tuition Free (Without Spending a Penny More on Education) - The Atlantic

If I could pass my very own deficit reduction plan and Federal government reform plan and if you read this blog on a regular basis. You know I've already put those plans on the table, there would be two areas where I would spend more money on. And I would spend a hell of a lot more money in these two areas. It would public education K-12 but not just to spend that money. But spend that money on the reforms that I would put in place, as well as higher education to guarantee that all Americans would. Have access to a good public education K-12 and that all qualified high school graduates would be guaranteed access to a public higher education.

The American economy and I would imagine any other large economy in a developed country. Is dependent on education, you can't have a strong economy without a strong educated workforce. I hate to break it to America but we are finding out right now and we have simply too many schools producing. Too many students and even graduates not ready for college and we also have too many qualified students. Who'll never not just make it to college or even walk through the door of a college because they can't afford it. Or their parents can't afford it and thats after getting student loans and end up working low wage jobs that don't go anywhere. Unless they are able to get training on the job and move up through the company that way. So we have too many people qualified for college but simply can't afford it and then we have too many people who wouldn't make it in college. Because they aren't prepared for it because even though they may of even graduated from high school. Weren't taught what they needed to know in order to make it in college and our economy suffers as a result.

Imagine a country where all kids would have access which is just an opportunity to get a good education K-12. Which is all we need and then makes the best of that opportunity and because of that now has access to a higher education. Would we still have people living in poverty, of course we would, would we still have high school dropouts. Students who simply hate school and want nothing to do with it, of course we would and that would still make up a lot of the poverty population. No system of course is perfect but we would no longer have 1-5 people living in poverty in this country. We could get that down to 1-10 or even less then that because now all students in America would have the opportunities. To be successful in life because now they would be able to go to a good school and not be forced to go to a school because of where they are growing up. And we would fund schools base on what they need and not where they are located and all qualified students would have access to a higher education and. Not be locked out because of the financial situation of their parents.

What would this take, roughly eighty billion dollars a year. What are we spending now on college loans and student aid and so fourth. Roughly eighty billion dollars, so scrap the loans and so fourth and replace it with a college financing plan that all parents could start for their kids as soon as they are born. And would be able to control the assets of that plan themselves as long as they aren't spending that money. For anything else other then financing their kids college education. To put each student in college, you need roughly hundred thousand dollars for a four year education. Thats roughly 5,500$ a year that needs to be saved for that kid to go to school. Each parent could put part of that money into their kids. College financing plan or CFP, matched by the Federal Government which would come out of the money that. Currently goes to finance student loans and so fourth and I would make this available to low income workers as well. By increasing the earn income tax credit because again I'm talking about universal access to higher education.

You care about what's called income inequality and you want to do something about that. Focus on education in this country K-12 as well as higher education and lets start not just graduating more. High school students but graduating more high school students who are qualified for college. Instead of focusing on wealthy people because you believe they have too much money, because you close the. Education gap in this country and you also close the income gap at the same time.