I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Sunday, December 2, 2012

George Carlin on Education

Every once in a while, I put up this clip of George Carlin, because it remains the best critique of the American education debate I think we have.


They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying -- lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want -- they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else. But I'll tell you what they don't want. They DON'T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that, that doesn't help them. That's against their interests. That's right. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting ****** by system that threw them overboard 30 ******' years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want? They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly ******** jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. 

18 comments:

Chris Bowman said...

It's sad when Carlin's social commentary is STILL accurate after all this time. You think that somewhere along the line, the message would have sunk in and the concept of the "well informed electorate" would grow, not shrink. Instead, the absolute craziest of the reformist ideas continue to get traction and those who are in the trenches continue to get buried by the avalanche.

I watched a seasoned classroom teacher, who has 2 masters degrees and is undoubtedly an expert in her field, break down in a faculty meeting last week because of all of the additional work they are heaping upon her and her colleagues.

At some point the tide needs to turn or the product (kids) we send into the real world will be far from college or career ready.

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