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Communism Bit: On
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Random things. I'd not manage to write them otherwise.
First, Baz wrote this here: Here and Then. If you didn't read it, go now. Read already. It's a beautiful piece. I keep going back to it.
Next, I've never really read any of Florence King's stuff, but she's the kind of intellectual I like. Basically, she's a rebel. American but monarchist. A misanthrope comme moi, and calls herself "conservative lesbian feminist". But I found this quote of hers that is why she shows up here:
As the only class distinction available in a democracy, the college degree has created a caste society as rigid as ancient India's. Condemning elitism and simultaneously quaking in fear that our children won't become members of the elite, we send them to college, not to learn, but to 'be' college graduates, rationalizing our snobbery with the cliché that high technology has eliminated the need for the manual labor that we secretly hold in contempt.To add another French-originated word to that, touché. More later.
I hate Wikipedia. It takes more away than it gives. The only excuse I have for using it is how cheap it is to use it. I don't know if I don't hurt myself by using a cheap collection of mistakes and shit. I'll not go into details about why Wikipedia is total bullshit. The editors are the worst kind. The Americentricism is like a cancer there. Anyway, a time will come when we figure out something (nearly) as cheap, but with better quality. Wikipedia is a beginning, and not nearly an achievement at all. It may even be a failure.
But I'll keep using it. :o)
Also, since Dennis mentioned it, I'll take the time to say I think the Japanese cultural element of seppuku (or hara-kiri) is a good example of why I'll abolish the concept of honour after the Revolution. Honour is like slavery, chauvinism, and other concepts that may have been okay back then but have been exposed as evils recently. Honour almost invariably involves death, if you've noticed. Honour murders, honour rapes, honour suicides, honour raids ... Honour is closely related to revenge (against oneself or another). And revenge, when executed by humans, is invariably a failure at whatever it wants to be (bar wanting to be a failure).
Now, John Taylor Gatto. Notorious anti-school person. A teacher for decades. Teacher of the Year Award winner (quit the same year). Here are two things, one being Against School, and the other being The Psychopathic School (must-read). I quote the last one, here:
Using school as a sorting mechanism, we appear to be on the way to creating a caste system, complete with untouchables who wander through subway trains begging and who sleep upon the streets.I fear to quote more, lest I lengthen this beyond what even I consider a long post. Just understand that you have to read that piece. It's about America's schooling system, but we are committing the same error here, in Uganda. Then again, if we dared diverge, the aid would be cut. The result is that we'll have many people who are certainly schooled (with papers to prove it) but not educated. (America has many; their President once called Africa a country, for example.) TV features a lot in that essay, as a bad thing. Solitude features as a good thing. .oO Hmm.
It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class.
It is absurd and anti-life to move from cell to cell at the sound of a gong for every day of your natural youth in an institution that allows you no privacy and even follows you into the sanctuary of your home demanding that you do its "homework."
We shouldn't let that happen. I think that, if you really want the best for a child, right now, you'd have to face the fact that education is better attained by watching a fist-fight on the street than in class. If you want to teach your children to pick their minds, to think independently, challenge norms, be creative, school is the last place you want them to go. School is the very opposite of what anyone will call a good education. I've been a good school person, then also a self-taught drop-out, and my experience echoes what many smart people have told me, and it's what I assert here. Enough said.
A short Wikipedia article on one of John Taylor Gatto's books.
Reminds me of a comic I saw yesterday ...
 I know a number of people who do little-to-no TV and lots of solitude, some of them my blogren. And, yes, they are of admirable education (even though their schooling is not always exemplary; some are even anti-school). Most of my admired figures are actually not schooled.