education and zizou

i was impressed by this article by john taylor gatto today at work. he addresses public education as an althusserian ideological state apparatus that perpetuates the societal structure at its most basic level: childhood.

It's perfectly obvious from our society today what those specifications were. Maturity has by now been banished from nearly every aspect of our lives. Easy divorce laws have removed the need to work at relationships; easy credit has removed the need for fiscal self-control; easy entertainment has removed the need to learn to entertain oneself; easy answers have removed the need to ask questions. We have become a nation of children, happy to surrender our judgments and our wills to political exhortations and commercial blandishments that would insult actual adults. We buy televisions, and then we buy the things we see on the television. We buy computers, and then we buy the things we see on the computer. We buy $150 sneakers whether we need them or not, and when they fall apart too soon we buy another pair. We drive SUVs and believe the lie that they constitute a kind of life insurance, even when we're upside-down in them. And, worst of all, we don't bat an eye when Ari Fleischer tells us to "be careful what you say," even if we remember having been told somewhere back in school that America is the land of the free. We simply buy that one too. Our schooling, as intended, has seen to it.

its somewhat disconcerting to read a distinguished teacher's scathing review of the state and implications of the machinistic educational system we see today. disconcerting, but eye-opening.

the world cup is now over...italy did what they had to do and they take home the cup. having only allowed two goals (an own goal and zidane's penalty kick) throughout the tournament is no small feat, and in my mind cannavaro fully deserved the golden ball, but giving it to zidane may have restored at least some dignity after his late game breakdown. still, very sad to see zizou's career end in such ugly fashion...

and now soccer returns to total obscurity in america and we have nothing but baseball until the premiership begins again. it was nice while it lasted and 2010 will certainly be worth the wait.



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