Thursday, January 12, 2012

A reaction to Nicholas D. Kristof''s January 12 column in the NY Times

Print Friendly and PDF I have now read another article regarding the alleged education level of our population and the impact upon it of the alleged quality of our teachers.  How is it that our national discussion of health has included the medical professions, the world of exercise, the quality and quantity of food we eat, the amount of time we sit and watch TV (or computer), etc. Yet when we talk about education, the discussion seems to begin and end with teachers and schools?
Perhaps it is time to start making a big push for the concept of education and intelligence itself.  Only if and when everybody starts taking a serious look at what has happened to our lifestyles in general can we start to perceive the negative influences we have promoted.
One fact that cannot be ignored is that our education and intelligence is a result of  the 24/7 life that we lead. To place the burden on the 6 or so hours a day we spend 180 days a year for a dozen years or so is to missthe boat entirely. We have to stop expecting schools to do everything, and start relying on them to do the things that cannot be done outside of school. those things we can do outside of school, we better start doing.

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