Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Not yet, but we're headed that direction...

That's my response to the title of Economist Supreme Thomas Sowell's most recent article, "Is thinking obsolete?".  There are many points and observations in this article that resonate with me, a college professor. I nodded my head in strong agreement over this passage:
Decades of dumbed-down education no doubt have something to do with this, but there is more to it than that. Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination. Moreover, it is largely indoctrination based on the same set of underlying and unexamined assumptions among teachers and institutions. If our educational institutions -- from the schools to the universities -- were as interested in a diversity of ideas as they are obsessed with racial diversity, students would at least gain experience in seeing the assumptions behind different visions and the role of logic and evidence in debating those differences.  Instead, a student can go all the way from elementary school to a Ph.D. without encountering any fundamentally different vision of the world from that of the prevailing political correctness. [Emphasis Marc Street].
As usual, Sowell's article is worth the read.
Related: Speaking of political correctness, check out this article about a recent RG3 tweet.