An Open Letter to United States Educators, Teachers and Students: What is The True Purpose of Education?
“The goal of education is not the unquestioning acceptance of any single interpretation, but the development of an individual’s critical abilities.”
The above quote is from the inside front cover of the Cliffs Notes on T. S. Eliot’s Major Poems & Plays – Cliffs Notes Incorporated, Lincoln Nebraska, 1992 Printing.
I quite agree with this view of the goal (purpose) of education. This was the prevailing view among responsible US educators until the late 1960s.
Or is the correct purpose of education the indoctrination of students’ minds with/in aggressive feminism, identity politics, political correctness, multiculturalism, so-called gender studies, and Marxist economic and social theories?
To educators, I say it is high time for some objective introspection and honesty with yourselves. (And, honesty begins in one’s own mind.) Have you, in zealous pursuit of your agenda(s), done justice to the formation of these young people’s minds, and the development of their critical abilities? (I think not.)
To college and high school students, dear young people, I say you do not have to buy into, nor believe, the unspoken message (claptrap) that “liberals know best“. Be aware, that liberals are some of the most narrow minded – really close minded – people on the planet. They have very serious problems coming to terms with any real world evidence that contradicts their fervently – even passionately – held views.
Think about it!
Responsible replies are welcome.