From Education Forensics.
Not Their Fault
My students are not inherently limited. They’ve been taught to be that way. They’ve been taught that there really isn’t such thing as hard and fast truth. Relativism rules the day. Things are what you perceive them to be, and there isn’t really any reason or logic to anything. I routinely (and most public school teachers will tell you the same thing) have students ask me why they failed, and when I tell them they have missed many assignments they retort “but I do all of my work!” This is the creation of reality on the fly – if the image exists in ones’ mind, then it must be so in reality. How can things not be what I perceive them to be? Things just happen, and there is no reason for those things, they were just meant to be and they are ‘right’.
We are witnessing this philosophic corruption every day. We have an entity (the State) that has ravaged and disemboweled a once proud public educations system. We say nothing and accept the “Core Curriculum” it has produced to solve the problems it has created. The country witnessed a tragedy in CT, and the response is to track behaviorthrough the health care system. The story behind the tragedy, as presented by the media, is so full of holes that one can’t help but suspect that the idea of “you must never let a crisis go to waste” is in full effect. The cause and effect is ignored, as are discrepancies in the story, yet a “solution“, one that doesn’t at all fit the problem, is ready – as if it had been written in advance.
Cognitive Dissonance is defined as: “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, esp. as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.” This inability to reason, to use the trivium or any logic whatsoever is corrupting society. We see this most prominently in our political process / dialogue, where there is no reason or analysis – just “my team must win at all costs” and the “other team is bad.” My student who walked out of my class because I “was saying bad things about Obama” is indicative, not of a young mind, but one that is incapable of sound, flexible, reasoned thought.
This podcast, by the folks at Tragedy and Hope Communications, is one of the best sources of this phenomenon. How do you make an entire nation sick, stupid, broke and afraid? How do you control the herd and eliminate reason and logic from their lives? Most of the answers are here. I found the information fascinating: