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When we teach the wrong lessons
NY Post ^ | December 24, 2010 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 12/25/2010 1:22:44 AM PST by Scanian

One of the telling signs carried in a Tea Party demonstration said: "Spread my work ethic, not my wealth."

It may be better to teach people how to fish, rather than giving them fish -- but too many politicians give them fish, in order to get their votes.

* University students rioting against tuition increases on both sides of the Atlantic are painful signs of the degeneracy of our times.

The idea that taxpayers owe it to you to pay for what you want suggests that much of today's education fails to instill reality, and instead panders to a self-centered sense of entitlement to what other people have earned.

* More disturbing than any of the issues of our time are the many people who debate those issues as contests in talking points, rather than as attempts to get at the truth.

Too many people debate as if the point is to show who is smarter, rather than which conclusion is correct.

* Many parents of college-bound students wonder whether there are still any places where most of the professors are teaching instead of indoctrinating.

Actually, there are more than 50 colleges with a "green light" rating on that score in the huge college guide, "Choosing the Right College."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: entitlement; redistribution; talkingpoints; workethic

1 posted on 12/25/2010 1:22:48 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
The idea that taxpayers owe it to you to pay for what you want suggests that much of today's education fails to instill reality, and instead panders to a self-centered sense of entitlement to what other people have earned.

Americans have become addicted to OPiuM: Other People's Money.

2 posted on 12/25/2010 3:54:46 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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Did anyone else here grow up with the idea that if you didn’t behave properly, do your work and support yourself, that you wouldn’t get anything to eat? Don’t know where that idea came from—my parents never refused to give us food. Funny in a weird sort of way.


3 posted on 12/25/2010 4:37:53 AM PST by Silentgypsy
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Did anyone else here grow up with the idea that if you didn’t behave properly, do your work and support yourself, that you wouldn’t get anything to eat? Don’t know where that idea came from—my parents never refused to give us food. Funny in a weird sort of way.

It is Biblical...

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. II Thessalonians 3:10

4 posted on 12/25/2010 4:48:40 AM PST by Florida native
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I think that was one of the points my parents tried to make when they’d send me to bed without any supper.


5 posted on 12/25/2010 5:42:21 AM PST by Scanian
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Yes. Hayek (in his book “The Road To Serfdom”) teaches that the lower the political speaker puts the common denominator, the more votes he will gather.

Ideas and ideals don’t sell well.


6 posted on 12/25/2010 5:50:43 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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Which is why the mass media in this country for years has been aimed at a sixth grade mentality.


7 posted on 12/25/2010 5:53:31 AM PST by Scanian
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When we teach the wrong lessons...we are NEA-member teachers or state college prof's.
8 posted on 12/25/2010 6:52:02 AM PST by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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“Which is why the mass media in this country for years has been aimed at a sixth grade mentality.”

Running counter to this is Hillsdale College, MI, where the curriculum is in large part our Constitution. I say “counter” because it seems to be effective. Hillsdale was an influence in the formation of the Republican Party around the 1850s and I see in today’s news that the Republicans plan to open Congress this January with an audible reading of the Constitution!


9 posted on 12/25/2010 7:18:00 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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Hillsdale accepts no money from the Federal Government.


10 posted on 12/25/2010 7:19:09 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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The least the liberal colleges could do is include a one semester course on Burger Flipping and Wrapping for those majoring in Gender Studies, Black Studies, Queer Musicology, Leisure Studies, etc.


11 posted on 12/25/2010 7:59:27 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor not a race relations Czar in the Obama administration.")
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Limit federally subsidized student loans to hard sciences and math only. That will clear out the underbrush quickly, save billions and rebuild our technological edge.

All the while creating a pool of arrogant elite workers who can be had at slave wages. That is until the market trains them to behave like... well like workers.


12 posted on 12/25/2010 7:34:46 PM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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I think that was one of the points my parents tried to make when they’d send me to bed without any supper.

When I misbehaved, I got seconds. My mother was a lousy cook.

13 posted on 12/25/2010 7:40:53 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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