Wednesday, July 02, 2014

American Dystopia

I think I read every book Isaac Asimov ever wrote.  More than just about any author he taught me to think.  Probably I learned later than I should have, as I have always been a late starter.  (But an early adopter!)

This article is a must read for everyone concerned with our dumbing down in America.


Bubba Muntzer said...

That's it.

This cult of anti intellectualism has been accelerated by Reaganomics/Neoliberalism and is actively reshaping the country. There are laws in various states now that require the teaching of creationism in schools. Republicans have a tag line now when talking about climate change - "I'm not a scientist..." They have eliminated about half the congressional staff that used to do research for them and keep them informed. It's alarming.

Universities are being dumbed down, too, with tenure track positions all but replaced now with part time adjunct positions, and of course college is increasing unaffordable for all but the 1 percent. Much of the what new knowledge is being produced is being privatized, as in these business-university partnership centers like UNM has opened. Research is being patented, where other teachers don't have access to it, can't teach it to their students, can't build on it.

Bubba Muntzer said...