Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus

From a USENET argument thread I kicked off, about why I hate pub ed.

Some people in the thread are claiming that the boredom, that the mind crippling, that the soul crushing, that goes on in public education, it is a feature, not a bug. One said:

I'm pointing out that we live in a world where most people can't earn a living by doing fun things because the nature of our economy is biased towards a lot of rather dull stuff that needs people to do it. That's a fact of life, we can't get around that until the economic paradigm shifts.

My response, lightly edited:

What do you think causes shifts in that "economic paradigm"?!

It's caused by changes in the attitudes, motivations, skills, and powers in the hands of the actors in that economic system.

What I want is a system that results in more people with attitudes of self-direction, self-motivation, with the attitude that learning is fun and never stops, and that fun and joy are attainable.

And you think that this will cause a collapse of society and the economic system...

And you guys are the ones who accuse libertarians of "hating peope" and having the "I've got mine" attitude.

You sound just like one of the old die-hard pre-enlightment types, arguing against the abolition of slavery, allowing the masses to vote and get above their station, and taking political power from the aristo class, because it would threaten "economic system"...

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