Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What is the most important thing?

Watch this and at least enjoy the sentiment.

Now ask yourself, "What is the purpose of education?" and watch the video again.

I wonder, if we have already past the point the video seems to think we are yet to reach.

Family erosion by the market. Check.

Environmental degradation. Check.

Money as the motivator of modern life? Dewey wrote about it more than 80 years ago in Individualism Old & New when he wrote about "the pecuniary man." Jesus railed against it with the money changers in the temple.

In all of the wrappings of the No Child Left Behind Act and "standards" this and "accountability" that and "global economy" here and "competitiveness" there shouldn't we ask, "Who do I serve? How does what I offer people through my role as a teacher help them be themselves in their communities? Can we do this without deluding ourselves?"

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