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    The Atlantic | George Packer | 9/13/19 | 57 min
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    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      10 months ago

      Whoa. This is excellent. The top half is stronger than the bottom half, but the whole thing is great. I’m always thinking/reading about education and education policy. It’s one of my favorite topics. Just a few days ago, a retired school administrator in Kansas reflected to me that, “it’s all cells and bells now.” So sad, so true.

      The irony of all of this (and why I’m optimistic that it’s all going to come crashing down - including, hopefully, pretty much everything about higher education) is that to be born super wealthy — super expensive private schools; golden ticket on the golden elevator — is itself a curse that messes people up. Brains and hearts and souls can’t open up when everything is a stressful performance. We’ve already lost entire generations of creative potential.

      We need a new Enlightenment. And let’s not look to tech/robots to make it happen.

    • jeff
      Reading streakScribe
      10 months ago

      Other, less diverse schools in New York, including elite private ones, had taken to dividing their students by race into consciousness-raising “affinity groups.” I knew several mixed-race families that transferred their kids out of one such school because they were put off by the relentless focus on race.

      The accounts detailed in this article range from gross negligence to outright child abuse on the part of the New York public school system. The schools chancellor believes that "Worship of the Written Word" is a white supremacist value that needs to be disrupted? I don't know if I could be convinced that Richard Carranza isn't a right-wing troll himself.

      I felt incredibly sad reading this. I'm trying to remind myself that children are resilient and their natural rebelliousness provides for a much needed counterbalance to the bullshit that adults inevitably subject them to but that does nothing to excuse the deranged malfeasance being perpetrated here.