Thursday, October 17, 2013

American's Uneducated Idea of "Education"

A few months ago, the Real Salt Lake v. Toronto FC soccer game had to be shown on tape delay in Utah. Like all TV stations, the station that owned the rights to the game was required to shown three hours of children's "educational" programming each week. The station had sold the block of time to another company, which didn't agree to move the programming, so the soccer game had to move.

The educational programming was "Yu-Gi-Oh!"

This requirement, and the non-educational methods of fulfilling it, is directly responsible for Ren Stevens's terrible "We Went to the Moon in 1969" song.

To hear the most-common objections to homeschooling, the raison d'ĂȘtre of public education is socialization. Children must spend 13 years being taught state worship and moral relativism so they can pick up friend-making skills that they would learn in a single Saturday afternoon at a community event. "But good parents work at home to counter the ill effects of public school." This is like saying, "Good parents take their kids for chemotherapy after forcing them to play with mercury all day." If that's what "good parents" do, then the parents who refuse access to the mercury must be just terrible.

Show me the parent that completes the sentence "When I want my child to learn something, I turn on the TV program..." with the name "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Such a parent doesn't exist. So why does the government give such a show credit as educational? Forty years of social engineering in schools has created the modern world where the average American is dumber than the average adult on the planet. But you know what we need? More money for iPads and more educational programming on TV and above all, more socialization. That's what most American adults believe.

Of course, these are the opinions of the dumber-than-average, so they should be taken with a grain of salt.

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