The negative aspects of education in the United States

Elliot Engstrom
Apr 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM

I have a new article up at Learning From Dogs that examines the negative aspects of the American schooling system.  I focus on the lack of emphasis on critical thinking skills, the effect of this system on the human mind, and the (possible) true purpose of compulsory education.

On April 15th, I looked at the positive aspects of the American educational system.  Now I look at the other side of the coin, so to speak.
While in my last post I attempted to put a positive spin on the United States education system, I must here admit that I personally tend to view it in a much more negative light.  There are several reasons for this, three of which I will try to elaborate on here.  
My first major concern about education in the United States is its lack of critical thinking skills, which produces students who do not know how to question the “system” for what is truly is, but rather constantly take the context of things presented as fact (the two-party political system is a perfect example of this.)

Read the rest here.

is the fact that it is a public school system. Even with private schools, the public sector had to give them permission to exist (hence their high cost because they can't compete with the public system that has the leverage of all taxpayers).

The United States needs a free market education system.

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My first concern about our government school system? That it's a government controlled school system. This is *never* ever a good thing.

My second concern about our government school is the fact it is directly modeled after the Prussian education model, which was designed specifically to "education to the State, education for the State, education by the State ... The state is the supreme end in view" (Franz de Hovre) which "must fashion the person, and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than what you wish him to will." (Johann Fichte)

It's really no secret why Americans in large have conceded their rights to freedom to government control. They were indoctinated to do so from 1st grade.

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