Friday, November 03, 2006

Maybe There's A Reason

What if, instead of indoctrinating children in multiculturalist and environmentalist pieties, public schools actually taught them to think well? What if learning were made so fascinating to grade school kids that America became a nation of people with active minds, a nation of intellectuals?

What if high school students were required to read Henry Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson and Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand? What would happen?

Our entire nation would laugh at Bill Clinton and Al Gore and anyone else who wanted big government. The welfare state would be imperiled. Public education would be imperiled. The power of teachers unions would be imperiled.

Socialism cannot afford an educated citizenry. Public educators cannot afford to do their job right.

Maybe there’s a reason for the dumbing down of America.


EdMcGon said...

Frankly, I think if we could just require kids to take one economics class, we would be better off as a country.

I made it through my entire education without taking an economics class. As a kid, I always thought it sounded dull. After reading Thomas Sowell for many years, I realized not only what I missed, but also how important economics is to a proper understanding of politics.

Also, have you ever noticed how few economists are liberals? ;)

SN said...

Keep them poor and ignorant, so that we can promise them something and they will believe us. That's the mantra of politicians and has been so for ages.