More Commentary on the State of American Education

I wish I could take credit for this, but I ripped it from Instagram. It was on the account of @thekangminlee:

“Take your vaccine so mine works better”

This apparently makes sense to 50% of Americans. Leaving aside for the moment that this particular shot would be the first vaccine that ever only works if everyone takes it. Let’s follow this line of thought into other areas of life:

“Take your vitamins so mine work better.”

“You have to exercise to make sure I lose more weight.”

“Wear sunscreen so I’m protected against UV radiation.”

“Stop eating fast food so I won’t gain weight.”

“You shower, so my hair won’t be greasy.”

This is clearly ridiculous and most people would think the person uttering such nonsense is pretty dumb. Apparently, “Take the vaccine so mine works better” does not reveal ignorance, but compassion.

It does, however, speak to the sorry state of American education, and not just recently. This reveals something about the way education has been sliding down hill for at least the past 50 years, if not longer.

2 thoughts on “More Commentary on the State of American Education

  1. no display name says:

    It’s not about education, though, it’s about ego defense. You’ll notice that as soon as anyone throws this out there, they tack to the pure emotional argument. “WELL SOME OF US CARE ABOUT PEOPLE MORE”. They skip the actual objection precisely because the emotional argument is how they snatch the ground out from under people. There is no defense except pure will or mockery. Those are effective, insofar as they’re actually done.

    A lot of this is drug-related. There are prescription drugs that generate certain mental changes that lead to this kind of rhetorical approach and the most covid-hysterical are the most medicated (except for the small percentage of hysterics that sees them pull these stunts on social media and assumes they must really mean well). A guy named Freddie de Boer did a big article describing the impacts and one of these days I hope to write it up in my copious free time.

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  2. Elspeth says:

    My frequent tendency to label every case of mass American stupidity as an indictment of our education system is -at least partly- tongue in cheek.

    I recognize that there is a whole lot more going on here, seeing as the most shrill,i irrational, and illogical voices are among those who have acquired the most schooling. I like what you said here:

    It’s not about education, though, it’s about ego defense. You’ll notice that as soon as anyone throws this out there, they tack to the pure emotional argument. “WELL SOME OF US CARE ABOUT PEOPLE MORE”. They skip the actual objection precisely because the emotional argument is how they snatch the ground out from under people.

    That is the crux of that part of my screed which is not tongue in cheek. A truly effective education at a minimum directs to understand that emotional fervor is not the things on which we should enact society wide laws and mandates. Particularly when any cursory look at the science they so worship indicates that it’s not even effective.

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