Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Crisis of Education in America: "How to Become a Serf; A society in which people exist for companies is a society enslaved


Madmen and women in corporate and Obama/CIA/DOD/JCS fantasy land believe they will survive any economic upheaval, eventual revolution; instead will be dug out of holes and consumed by "new" made in USA blue-collar cannibals  

Global Research
By John Cozy
01/24/2011

How to Become a Serf

Man is a pathetic creature; a brute trying to be god but traveling in the wrong direction.

Educational systems now train workers to fulfill the needs of companies. A society in which people exist for the sake of companies is a society enslaved. But there's a deep problem with the notion that education should equal vocational training. To paraphrase a very famous and renowned person, man does not live by work alone. Indeed, the knowledge and skills needed to earn a living in a capitalist industrial economy are of little use in human relationships, and human relationships are the core of everyone's life. Schools devoted to vocational training provide no venue for teaching cultural differences, for trying to understand the person who lives next door or in another country. Value systems are never evaluated; alternatives are never considered. As a result, although we all live on the same planet, we do not live together. At best, we only live side by side. At worst, we live to kill each other. Education as vocational training reduces everything to ideology, our devotion to which causes us to reject the stark reality that stares us in the face, because our ideologies color the realities we see and people never get wiser than those of previous generations. People have become nothing but the monkeys of hurdy gurdy grinders, tethered to grinders' organs with tin cups in hands to be filled for the benefit of the grinders. And this is the species we refer to as sapient. What a delusion!

For many years, I have been troubled by what I saw as the results of what passes for education in America and perhaps elsewhere too. Why is it, do you suppose, that one generation does not seem to get any smarter than the previous one? Oh, it may know more of this or that, but what it "knows" does not translate into smarts. In other words, why don't people ever seem to get wiser? Why do they repeat the same mistakes over and over?

Vocational training in Jerusalem
For centuries, an education was thought to be comprised of considerably more than one providing the skills and requirements needed to carry on a trade or profession. For instance, consider this passage:

"Education is not the same as training. Plato made the distinction between techne (skill) and episteme (knowledge). Becoming an educated person goes beyond the acquisition of a technical skill. It requires an understanding of one’s place in the world—cultural as well as natural—in pursuit of a productive and meaningful life. And it requires historical perspective so that one does not just live, as Edmund Burke said, like 'the flies of a summer,' born one day and gone the next, but as part of that 'social contract' that binds our generation to those who have come before and to those who are yet to be born.

An education that achieves those goals must include the study of what Matthew Arnold called 'the best that has been known and said.' It must comprehend the whole—the human world and its history, our own culture and those very different from ours. . . ."

This idea of an educated person was often summarized in the phrases, a Renaissance man, and un homme du monde. But these expressions are hardly heard any more. Educated people no longer exist. We are nothing but the monkeys of hurdy gurdy grinders, tethered to grinders' organs with tin cups in hands to be filled for the benefit of the grinders.

"Governor Rick Snyder wants to tie retraining programs to companies' needs . . . and encourage more Michigan residents to earn math and science degrees under an initiative aimed at making workers more competitive in the global marketplace."

The hurdy gurdy grinder's monkey exists for the sake of the organ grinder; Governor Snyder wants Michigan's residents to educate themselves for the sake of companies. Workers are to fulfill companies' needs rather than vice versa. President Obama has said similar things.

But there's something wrong, something terribly wrong, with this picture. A society in which people exist for the sake of some non-human entity is a society enslaved. And this picture gets even more horrid with the realization that workers are expected to pay to acquire the required skills. Students are being asked to pay for the privilege of becoming serfs.

Some simians by far smarter than American sheep
Living things in the natural world exist as ends in themselves. Everything they do is done for their own benefit or the benefit of their offspring. Horses in the wild do not acquire skills in order to perform tasks that benefit other horses. When a human being acquires a horse and trains it to perform a skill for the person's benefit, the person provides for all the natural needs of his horse. Horses don't come begging to be trained to be ridden. What kind of perversion is the requirement that people should beg to be trained to be serfs?

But neither a hurdy gurdy grinder's monkey or a riding horse are educated; they are trained. There is no such thing as a Renaissance monkey!

Education in America, and perhaps other places too, is as fractured as shattered glass. The federal agency called the Department of Education's only power is the ability to cajole schools mainly by offering them money. There are public and private schools, and the public ones are governed by local school boards, the members of which are not even required to be able to read or write. State school boards exist to have some influence over local boards, but again, the power of the states is limited. Education in America is a local affair. The people on these school boards are the ones that control what is and how it is taught. For instance, creationism is often given equal standing with evolution. Students are often required to engage in practices that are clearly unconstitutional. All of this is done to suit the views of school board members, not society or even students.

Teachers are certified by subject matter. Perfectly good mathematics teachers may not be able to write literate essays. English teachers are not required to understand even elementary algebra. The schools do not employ hommes de monde. And what is true in the primary and secondary schools is also true in colleges and universities. Les sp├ęcialistes rule the classroom. Trained monkeys all!

Now vocational training works, of course, if people know what industries need workers and if workers want those jobs. But often, especially in times of crisis, this knowledge doesn't exist. Yet there's a deeper problem with the notion that education should equal vocational training. To paraphrase a very famous and renowned person, man does not live by work alone. Indeed, the knowledge and skills needed to earn a living in a capitalist industrial economy are of little use in human relationships, and human relationships are the core of everyone's life.

Although the United States is often referred to as a multicultural melting pot, most highly developed nations today have multicultural populations. Different cultures embody different values. Those values often clash and erupt in violent behavior. If people understood these cultural differences, these clashes could be ameliorated. But schools devoted to vocational training provide no venue for teaching cultural differences, for trying to understand the person who lives next door or in another country. Various value systems are never evaluated, and alternatives are never considered. As a result, although we all live on the same planet, we do not live together. At best, we only live side by side. At worst, we live to kill each other.

Education as vocational training reduces everything to ideology. Religion is an ideology and no one ever questions a person's right to her/his own. Economics, although often touted as a science, is an ideology. Part of free marked economic theory is the belief that when an established industry falters and declines, some new industry will come forth and employ the newly unemployed. But nothing in economics can compel that to happen. This belief is akin to the belief in a Second Coming. It is purely ideological. Even science has become an ideology. People believe, for instance, that science will discover solutions to all of our problems. But again, there is nothing in science that compels that. It is perfectly possible that, as human beings destroy their environment, science will be unable to correct the damage and that life on this planet will perish. Worse, ideologies contribute to human stupidity; our devotion to them causes us to reject the stark realities that stare us in the face. (See here and here.)

So what is required if we are to make one generation smarter than the previous one? We need to educate Renaissance men who comprehend the whole human world, its history, our own culture, and those very different from ours. Vocational training will never produce such people.

John F. Kennedy was glorified when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country." Shouldn't he have been vilified? Do countries exist to benefit their peoples or do their peoples exist to benefit their countries? What good is a country that requires the sacrifice of its people?

Since the Enlightenment, it is generally agreed that legitimate governments are those that govern with the consent of their peoples. Does anyone really believe that people would consent to living in a nation that made it clear that the lives of most citizens would be fated to live for the benefit of the few who control the nation's institutions? Isn't that exactly what slavery is?

Analytical thinking, even when valid, can lead people down invalid roads, because analysis alone tends to overly simplify questions. When used to answer the question, What must be done to put unemployed people to work?, it leads to attempts to make education equivalent to vocational training. But when put into practice, it results in people who lack the ability to understand their value systems and evaluate them properly. They end up being hurdy gurdy monkeys or, as Arnold put it, the flies of a summer, born one day and gone the next. If a nation's institutions do not exist to benefit its citizens, the institutions, not the people, are faulty.

In Classical Greece it was known that the unexamined human life is not worth living. Vocational training never presents people with opportunities to examine one's life; so people end up relying entirely on ideologies which have no intellectual basis and are often absurdly false, but "falsehoods are not only evil in themselves, they infect the soul with evil."

If human beings wish to endure, their ideologies must be subjected to serious criticism; otherwise, no generation will ever be smarter than its predecessors and continuing to refer to ourselves as sapient is a sheer delusion.

John Kozy is a retired professor of philosophy and logic who writes on social, political, and economic issues. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he spent 20 years as a university professor and another 20 years working as a writer. He has published a textbook in formal logic commercially, in academic journals and a small number of commercial magazines, and has written a number of guest editorials for newspapers. His on-line pieces can be found on http://www.jkozy.com/ and he can be emailed from that site's homepage.


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Fukushima Cover Up Unravels: “The Government Can No Longer Pull the Wool Over the Public’s Eyes;" Video


Japanese, Obama regimes continue to lie, cover-up real fallout data on radiation plume from four melting Fukushima reactors; more radiation monitoring groups gathering on West Coast as possible children deaths reported;
"mainstrean media" assisting in hiding real radiation dangers, numbers; "U.S.Al Jazeera" worst offender

Washington's Blog
01/23/2012

Too Much Radiation to Cover Up

As I’ve pointed out since day one, the Japanese government and Tepco have covered up the extent of the radiation released by Fukushima and its health effects on the Japanese and others. See this and this.
The New York Times notes:
The government inspectors declared Onami’s rice safe for consumption after testing just two of its 154 rice farms.
Then … more than a dozen [farmers] found unsafe levels of cesium. An ensuing panic forced the Japanese government to intervene, with promises to test more than 25,000 rice farms in eastern Fukushima Prefecture, where the plant is located.
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The repeated failures have done more than raise concerns that some Japanese may have been exposed to unsafe levels of radiation in their food, as regrettable as that is. They have also had a corrosive effect on public confidence in the food-monitoring efforts, with a growing segment of the public and even many experts coming to believe that officials have understated or even covered up the true extent of the public health risk in order to limit both the economic damage and the size of potential compensation payments.

Fukushima worker is tested for radiation exposure
Critics say … the government can no longer pull the wool over the public’s eyes, as they contend it has done routinely in the past.

“Since the accident, the government has tried to continue its business-as-usual approach of understating the severity of the accident and insisting that it knows best,” said Mitsuhiro Fukao, an economics professor at Keio University in Tokyo who has written about the loss of trust in government. “But the people are learning from the blogs, Twitter and Facebook that the government’s food-monitoring system is simply not credible.”
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“No one trusts the national government’s safety standards,” said Ichio Muto, 59, who farms organic mushrooms in Nihonmatsu, 25 miles northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The Japan Times reports:
The government buried a worst-case scenario for the Fukushima nuclear crisis that was drafted last March and kept it under wraps until the end of last year, sources in the administration said Saturday.

After Chernobyl meltdown: Russian children with birth defects
After the document was shown to a small, select group of senior government officials at the prime minister’s office in late March, the administration of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan decided to quietly bury it, the sources said.
“When the document was presented (in March), a discussion ensued about keeping its existence secret,” a government source said.
In order to deny its existence, the government treated it as a personal document of Japan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Shunsuke Kondo, who authored it, until the end of December, the sources said.
It was only then that it was actually recognized as an official government document, they said.
“The content was so shocking that we decided to treat it as if it didn’t exist,” a senior government official said.
Major Japanese broadcaster NHK purportedly stopped a reporter in mid-sentence on March 12th as he was discussing the exposure of the nuclear fuel rods above the cooling pool, telling him:
They say you mustn’t read this draft.


Finally, the Economist and Boing Boing note that a Canadian journalist was grilled about who he spoke with at Fukushima, and:
Held, threatened, and shaken down for bribes before being detained without counsel or a phone call. He says he was eventually deported, though not before being ordered to sign a falsified confession and being threatened by an official at gunpoint.
(Many journalists and nuclear experts are alleged to have been monitored, harassed or blocked by the Japanese government.)
 Global Research Articles by Washington's Blog
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From Palestinegate and Watergate to UNOgate

America and DC have been a cesspool of kleptocracy, lies, murder and deceit since the Nixon regime; Tricky Dick taught the Bush crime family everything they know, complete destruction of U.S. by Obama and crew on horizon utilizing Bush/Cheney tactics

World News
By Dallas Darling
01/24/2012

If Israel and the United States somehow seized or broke-in and stole information from the UNO City's IAEA as Iran claimed, information that aided in assassinating Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, it would not be surprising. For years, both the U.S. and Israel have justified breaching the law and breaking into other countries for the greater good, or better yet, for their greater good. Two incidences among dozens come to mind.

At the turn of the 20th Century, a major disagreement existed concerning the location of a Jewish state. Since some European Jews and Zionists favored the establishment of a Jewish-Israeli state in Palestine, during WWI they lobbied Britain to develop the Balfour Declaration favoring a national homeland for the Jewish people within Palestine. Initially, the indigenous Arab and Palestinian population welcomed Jews as refugees.

Former British PM Authur J. "Bloody" Balfor
Overtime some Palestinians and Arabs viewed the arrival of more Jews as a threat to security and to their native lands. To justify the creation of Israel, Zionist leaders convinced the British government that Palestine was a "land without people," an invented state. WWII and the Holocaust increased Jewish immigration to Palestine which in turn provoked clashes with the local Palestinian and Arab population.

With British and U.S. imperialist interests on the side of Jews and Zionists, much of Palestine was eventually broken into, its land seized. Just as troubling was the United Nations recommendation that a majority of Palestine would belong to Israel and the Jews, which constituted only 30 percent of the population. Through several wars with the Arabs and Palestinians, the new state of Israel justified expansionism and occupations.

The U.S. is also known for its break-ins and land seizures by its military and corporations in dozens of places around the world. In the 1950's, not only did the U.S. break-in and seize Iran and Guatemala, but it toppled numerous governments around the world, propping-up its own puppet dictators. The 1960's witnessed the U.S. charging into Vietnam, preventing democratic elections, and even assassinating a handpicked ruler.

The breaking and entering into Vietnam, followed by a lengthy and bloody occupation that cost the lives of 4 million Vietnamese and over 50,000 U.S. troops, also helped lead to Watergate and the downfall of President Richard M. Nixon. Hostility to government and business and the exposure of enormous atrocities being committed by U.S. troops caused an already paranoid president to become obsessed with secrecy and vengeance.

The U.S. lost the war in Vietnam, along with about 50,000 U.S. lives
President Nixon ordered his security officer and former CIA agents, one who led a failed break-in of Cuba in 1961, to raid the Democratic National Committee, in the Watergate apartment complex of Washington, DC. It was another criminal action similar to others he had repeated for years, like wiretapping government staff and reporters and infiltrating anti-war groups and intimidating (assassinating?) their members.

Due to an unseen arrest and cooperation by the "plumbers," the criminal gang, the U.S. discovered that President Nixon's Attorney General controlled a secret fund worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to be used against the Democratic party. While Gulf Oil Corporation and others had made illegal contributions running into millions of dollars, President Nixon himself had illegally siphoned $10 million for his home.

Testimony revealed plans were made to physically attack certain anti-war activists and Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the top secret Pentagon Papers. It was disclosed that for over one year, 1969-1970, the U.S. had engaged in a secret, massive bombing of Cambodia. The secret break-in into Cambodia killed thousands of innocent civilians and helped lead to the rise of Pol Pot and his killing fields.(1)

Former U.S. president Richard M. "Tricky Dick"  Nixon, War Criminal
Israel and the U.S. continue to break-in and raid other nations. Supplied with U.S. firepower, Israel has repeatedly invaded Palestinian lands leading to thousands of deaths and 40,000 injuries. It has used tortuous tactics widely condemned by many. Assassinations, demolition of homes and foods, and thousands of false imprisonments, over 500 children, have occurred. More than 300 schools have been destroyed.(2)

Much like Palestinegate, the U.S. broke into Afghanistan, even though the Taliban was willing to arrest Osama bin Laden and try him. The U.S. used deceit and forged documents and disregarded international laws to preemptively raid and occupy Iraq. Afghanistangate and Iraqgate have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and millions of refugees. So too has Yemengate, Libyagate and Pakistangate.

To insure safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy, the International Atomic Agency (IAEA) was founded in 1957. Although it is independent of the UN, it still reports to the Security Council, the U.S. being one of its exclusive permanent members. The purpose of the agency was to create legally binding commitments between nations to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, even completely eliminating them.

Daniel Elsberg, USMC, Vietnam; released Pentagon Papers
The IAEA oversees "illegitimate" nations, or those not part of the 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. It also monitors nations developing nuclear energies. The U.S. has used the IAEA and UN for its own nationalistic ambitions. While maintaining a massive nuclear arsenal, it sometimes misreported and manipulated IAEA findings. Perhaps UNOgate has been occurring for quite some time.

How legitimate is the IAEA, and how illegitimate is the U.S., since it continues to stockpile nuclear weaponry aimed at other nations like Iran? Why can Israel sustain a nuclear arsenal and the "Sampson Option," or threat of nuclear annihilation, but other nations cannot develop nuclear energies? The "balance of terror" has shifted to the U.S. and Israel. Are they imposing their own atomic pathologies onto Iran?

Therefore, it is little wonder that Iran stated there was a high suspicion Israel and the U.S., along with their psychological and physical terrorist circles, used the intelligence obtained from the IAEA, regarding interviews with several of Iran's nuclear energy scientists, for the purpose of assassinating several Iranian nuclear scientists. Security and peace can never rest on a balance of terror and break-ins and preemptive raids.

Both the U.S. and Israel deny such charges. But Iran raises an important question by asking "what kind of justice and rule of law is the UN and its Security Council really upholding by saying nothing about attacks against and the assassinations of Iran's scientists." If Israel or the U.S. did break-in and seize confidential information, or UNOgate, it is merely another example of dozens of Palestiniangates and Watergates.

Be warned that fear and paranoia at either end of a nuclear weapon pushes the button.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) See Zinn, Howard and a People's History of the United States, 1492-Present. He details dozens of corporation and military crimes committed by the Nixon Administration. New York, New York: Harper Perennial Press, 1995., p. 531, 532.

(2) Horvitz, Leslie Alan and Christopher Catherwood. Encyclopedia Of War Crimes And Genocide. New York, New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2006., p. 341.

Related links: Iran Israel Photos US Wikipedia: Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan

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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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