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Bear in mind that the US school system,. like most of the western nations, was designed not to educate but rather to produce malleable droid workers for the industrial revolution and factory laborers. Imagination was to be stifled and discipline and rote memory (and obedience) were the key goals.
Yes, this has changed somewhat, in some places, in the last 40 years, but there's still a lot of debate over what and how is taught. And one might suggest that instead of massive outcries over "How come our kids can't behave or do math?" one might suggest dropping mandatory education after grade school, so that the kids and parents who don't grasp the concept, can get a nice steady union job picking up the trash, or diging the ditches, and save the quarter to half million dollars they'd otherwise lose in upper school and college.
the dream of "educating everyone" only works if folks want to be educated, and many of them insist on remaining belligerently ignorant. OK, let them. That just means the ones who get a higher education will be able to restore their higher salaries, with less competition. Works for everyone that way, too.
But LD is not an education question. The question more topical for here, is how societies treat their "incompetents". Children, elderly, ill, who cannot speak with full competency for their selves. In some socieities we say the parents can do what they please, strating at conception. In others, we say that the parents have NO RIGHTS over the children, except the ones society allows them to have. And "persons in need of supervision" are given it, by the government, regardless of who or what their blood relatives and former guardians think. There are unfortunately a lot of poorly educated socailly unfit parents and guardians out there. "That's my kid!" doesn't mean anyone has the right to endanger it--unless their society has given it to them.
Heck, kids are cheap. Five minutes work, nine months later you pop out another one and maybe a quarter of them survive to age ten, right? [sic]
Last edited by hellosailor; 05-20-2010 at 01:30 PM.