December 31, 2003

Education as Indoctrination

Read this. It's the scariest thing I've seen in quite a while. Here's an excerpt:

The provost, Roberta Matthews, termed the idea that colleges should focus on transmitting knowledge "a very outdated notion."

I'm going to go investigate further. Feel free to join me.

Posted by CD on December 31, 2003 05:15 PM
Semi-Intelligent Comments

How many more months until I graduate?

what ever happened to colleges being institutions of higher learning
(save for the sciences)

Posted by: jaws at December 31, 2003 07:08 PM

I know what you mean. At least you've been studying more quantitative areas that aren't warped by ideology. I'm a communications major, so I'm pretty much on the frontlines of the battlefield.

Posted by: CD at December 31, 2003 07:10 PM

Thank goodness I stayed in the sciences. :)
But that doesn't mean I'm unaware of what goes on around me (my school has both a Peace Studies program and now offers a MA in "Coexistance Studies")

Posted by: jaws at January 1, 2004 12:21 AM

"Coexistence Studies?" Does that even mean anything?

Posted by: CD at January 1, 2004 01:22 AM

Please do investigate further. You may find that the provost means that the "transmitting" part is outdated. And there's nothing radical or even political about how sitting in a lecture hall receiving educational "transmittals" is now generally considered an outdated kind of education.

Posted by: Thoughtful at January 2, 2004 08:58 PM

I think the "transmitting" thing was just a choice of words. The entire point of college is to teach people, and that's "transmitting knowledge." However, if you need more proof, here's another excerpt which also appears on Critical Mass:

Underlying the "Arts of Democracy" project is a fascinating attempt to redefine college education. The group coordinating the program--the Association of American Colleges and Universities--holds that middle- and working-class students enter college deeply sexist and racist. Such students need "education for the 21st century" to abandon their hostility to "diversity."

This is indoctrination, not knowledge, and it's wrong.

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