This is my third (and last, for a while) column about education. Its purpose is to explore the widespread failure of the public school system in the U.S. to produce “educated” human beings (not just people who can read and write, but people who can reason). The solution is simple, for each of us to take our education into our own hands, and use the oldest method of learning known to humanity: conversing and sharing knowledge with each other, with our friends, family, and associates. It’s a powerful method that gave birth to classical philosophy and the Enlightenment.
Column by Michael Kleen.
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Few institutions in the United States create more cognitive dissonance than its public school system. Complaints about the cost and quality of American schools fill newspaper opinion pages, and the rhetoric of “improving education” is a staple of every political campaign. Missing from this debate, however, is the role each and every person plays in his or her own education. This responsibility is much more important in determining quality of education than how much money is spent. Even the poorest among us, by embracing a return to the fundamentals of school, can take advantage of all being an educated person has to offer…