On Humanism and Education
Posted: 25 September 2006 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Fellow Humanists:

I found an interesting essay on education which seems to, in some degree, mirror Dewey, Kohn, and the Modern School Movement.  It seems to me to be quite humanistic.  What do you all think?


A sample:

Education is immoral if it is merely connected with gaining manual or technical skills for getting a job or being employable. Achieving a deepening of intelligence based on knowledge, self-reflection, and deliberation is a curriculum students need to become autonomous. The power elites do not want egalitarianism. It is claimed that public schools were established to reproduce democratic values. Yet the reality is that the values of the market economy had a major hand in the planning of schools to be a place where the masses received enough skills to move them in into the growing work force needed to run American industry.  Class warfare was embedded into the public school system, although the rhetoric claimed the opposite.  Public education would be known as the Īgreat equalizer.Ķ  Equalizing what? Opportunity? Economic, political, social, ecological equality? To learn nothing together?   

Mass public education or Ījail educationĶ molds a consumer, who is frivolous, superficial, mediocre, and invariably prejudiced.  The consumerĖs major interests coincide with those of the ruling class, and thus can only dream of being an elitist. The public literally does not have to think. Mass propaganda is placed in front it and inscribed into its herd consciousness. Public values are heteronomous and hide from the na‘ve public the oligarchy, the members of which are neither the best nor the wisest in deciding not only affairs of state, but also day-to-day affairs.
Barry F. Seidman


Barry F. Seidman
Exec. Producer of Equal Time for Freethought