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Socialism is one of those words we hear 1000 times and we're still not sure what anybody is talking about.
The word is often on my mind because our Education Establishment (I conclude) is basically a socialist project inside our society. That is, everything Obama has been trying to do to the society at large, John Dewey and his successors were doing to K-12 for almost a century. Let's say that John Dewey is a microcosm, and Barack Obama is the macrocosm. But all the same ideas are operating. The simplest ones are leveling, cooperation, group think, mediocrity, and everybody's responsible for everything so nobody's responsible for anything.
This article is called "Why socialism is a bad deal." It explores the idea that when others take care of you and assign you your worth, you give up a lot more than you might think. http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/bprice/160323
A lot of the satisfaction most people find in life is that they have dreams and goals, which they pursue through thick and thin. And even if you don't make it, the pursuit is often what gives your life its meaning. Everybody seems to agree that the journey is more valuable than the destination.
Anyway, this article is intended to be an introduction to socialism, as a roundabout way of saying, hey, look what's really going on in education. When the Education Establishment dumbs everything down, you're seeing ideology at work, not pedagogy. Of course, the professors pretend that it's pedagogy. But the only way you can understand some of the weird things we see in K-12 is to realize that our socialist educators don't care about academic education, they care about social engineering.