After a quick search I did not find a thread that covered exactly what I was thinking. After all the who-ha about President Obama talking to kids, I was talking to my wife about the arguments over schooling in America.
**This is a slight rant and therefore might not make all the sense in the world, but I hope you can get my idea**
Starting with primary education and moving through college education both political sides seem to believe in such different things when it comes to how people should be education in the U.S. it is amazing.
The crazies who were against the President speaking to school children were saying that such things as his speech will indoctrinate their children, which is wrong. And so they send their kids to private schools that teach their kids exactly what they want them to learn or home school them, so they can get the slant that a parent wants them to have.
The left thinks that the schooling system is not open enough to everyone. We need to keep finding ways to support the kids who don't want to be in school or those whose parents don't care either way. They create tests and measurements to grade schools on their ability to work with these problems.
To me it seems education can be put into the socio-economic political category.
Is it poorer you are, the less options you have and therefore the less you care? Or is it the richer you are, the more you care, and therefore there are more options available to you? To me it seems that we are so worried that our children will be something that we don't like, that we either care too much, or don't care at all.
Do you believe that the President should not be able to speak to your child because you care? You don't pay to have your child put in a school that is "brainwashing" him/her are you? You just expect that your child is well mannered and has college prep material at their disposal.
Speaking of college, it seems to me that the political world is VERY split on college education.
The far right (Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin) seem to think that going to an "Elite" college makes you out of touch and therefore Elitist. Why would anyone want to be elitist. That would make you a rich snob. Which really makes no sense, as the average Princeton or Harvard grad become high earners and are more likely to support the elephants. Don't get me wrong, many are democrats and act as such, but I don't think anyone can argue that many high wage earners are republicans. Why are we so scared that our kids will be "indoctrinated" by teachers?
I do not understand the fear of college professors. Yea, they were probably hippies in the 70's, yea they might not worry about the things that most people in society do, but they aren't exactly scary.
Our education system is designed to teach all kinds of things. From the alphabet in kindergarten to civics, economics, in high school, to advanced thinking in college. Why are we so scared that what they are learning is "indoctrinating" them? I would guess that many believe that colleges skew left and therefore will give an unfair and biased world view. If you believe that then should you send your kids to schools that skew right and make sure they get that world view? Aren't you just doing the same thing you are so adamantly against?
I guess I would like to think that education isn't influenced by politics as much as it is. But I would imagine that is just my world view skewing reality.
Long post. Any thoughts?