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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic Tater View Post
    Americana is often characterized by the nurturing of intelligence through formal or public education as a mother feeds a child. Unfortunately, much of the curriculum is riddled with fluff and repetition... Sometimes pocked with nothingness (almost like a day-care at times). Consequentially, individuals of the upper percentile in achievement or intelligence find the redundancy to be tedious and wasteful; so they progress through self-edification by their own means. However, society is structured in such a way that one must live by credentials or reputation. The questions are : does public education instill intrinsic drive for the learner to glide on his/her own? Does public education map out a diverse and balanced curriculum? What are the greatest benefits of self-education or homeschooling; and how can one do this without snuffing out the soul of the learner?

    Naturally, the answers vary from individual to area... but what are they?
    The main virtue of public education is that it shapes you into a good all around worker. One who is an outstanding headbanger or a person who is willing to complete any assigned task regardless of its usefulness or merit. After all, these are the most important skills at the entry level jobs. Get your four year degree and spend another five or six in the army and you should be good to go for any conventional job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    The main virtue of public education is that it shapes you into a good all around worker. One who is an outstanding headbanger or a person who is willing to complete any assigned task regardless of its usefulness or merit. After all, these are the most important skills at the entry level jobs. Get your four year degree and spend another five or six in the army and you should be good to go for any conventional job.
    This is unfortunately true.

    But what is more important is the history of public education.

    It all began with the invention of the printing press in 1440 and the dream of universal literacy. And public education, compulsory, free and secular, was the vehicle for universal literacy.

    And the history of public education, like the history of most things, has a beginning, a middle and an end. And we are reaching the end of public education.

    No one learnt to read and write naturally at home so we were compelled by law to go to school.

    But today everyone learns to use the telephone, the radio, the television and the internet naturally at home.

    Absolutely no one is compelled by law to go to school to learn how to use the telephone, the radio, the television or the internet.

    And so we can see, on the horizon, the historical end of public education.

    It will not mean the end of literacy. But literacy will be subsumed by the electronic media. Just as it is here. For in front of you now is not print but electronic text spelling the historical end of public education.

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    But a surprise is in store. For the end of public education will not mean self-education but tribal education in the global village.

    So as we jump from public education to tribal education, we may be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

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    The individual self in 'self-education' is a product of literacy. And as literacy is subsumed by the electronic media, the individual self will be replaced by the electronic tribe in the global village.

    So to talk of 'self-education' is driving forward looking in the rear vision mirror.

    Indeed the very word 'educate' comes from the latin meaning to 'lead out'. And literacy leads out the individual or educates the individual.

    But the electronic media do not lead out, they lead in.

    Where literacy explodes, the electronic media implodes.

    So the electronic media not only subsume the individual self, they subsume education itself.

    In future, we will not be educated, we will be initiated.

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