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Why are kids and teens so stupid?
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Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid?

Quote:You're talking about public school as a whole, and their response is specific to schools in 3rd world countries, the kind of places where parents can't read or write, therefore the kids won't learn either unless they have someone who can teach them. That's totally not the same thing at all
(and yes, there are some places like that in the world. So, schools are a good thing there, but only to the point where they teach kids to read and write and provide materials for them to learn, as long as they're not forcing anyone... which I'm sure they probably do)

Unfortunately in these countries where kids do not have any opportunities at all, the government often takes advantage of this to indoctrinate them into supporting the current administration. Or just generally closing off their mind from criticising authority or government.

This is another point... Literacy in these developing countries such as some South American or African shithole cannot be solved by sticking school buildings there, because it does not attack the underlying problem which is a complex mix of socio-political problems.

Literacy means a lot more than just knowing how to read and write. It doesn't help that you can read and write if you do not exercise your ability to liberate yourself. Either that, or the government bans certain books or materials from circulating.

"Awesome! The citizens know how to read! Let's print out a bunch of newspapers that report on how the dictator is actually a descendant of god and make them our slaves!!! Perfect."

So not only is school useless in a privileged country like America. School can actually be harmful in countries with oppressive governments. Just look at North Korea. All the news stations and newspapers are basically just worshipping Kim Jong Il and of course the textbooks are full of shit.

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Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid? - MM - 03-27-2009, 08:22 AM
Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid? - Gaiyara - 03-28-2009 03:58 AM
Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid? - MM - 04-22-2009, 10:48 AM

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