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Sunday, October 5, 2008

CNN, the PKK, and why all education is the same

I saw a report on CNN that followed a reporter who had travelled with the outlawed PKK (Kurdish rebels.) She reported on their daily life which includes hiding in caves in mountains and having female leaders. Every day starts with -- guess what -- education! CNN showed their education methods which were, of course, the standard indoctrination sessions with one revolutionary telling the others what to think. Sounds familiar. Uh, yes. Sounds like school in all the rest of the world. Why is it that people who want to change everything never seem to want to change education? Perhaps they understand that all governments rule by discouraging innovative thinking. They don't want to change that.

1 comment:

Ralph Mills said...

Strangely I just shared this 1971 quote, which you must know well, from Ivan Illich - "Schools indoctrinate the child into the acceptance of the political system its teachers represent" - with a Canadian university student who, during a critical discussion of formal schooling, pointed me at your web site, from whence I wandered, in true web surfing style, here. I am a great believer in serendipity!