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Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know

 http://www.truth-out.org/the-awful-price-teaching-less-than-we-know62870

snip"It's one thing to forget the past, with predictable consequences, as the favorite aphorism goes," Egan wrote on the Times web site. "But what about those who refuse to comprehend the present?"--

 snip-- Read how Sinclair Lewis described Windrip 75 years ago in his novel "It Can't Happen Here" and think Beck: "He was an actor of genius. There was no more overwhelming actor on the stage, in the motion pictures, nor even in the pulpit. He would whirl arms, bang tables, glare from mad eyes, vomit Biblical wrath from a gaping mouth; but he would also coo like a nursing mother, beseech like an aching lover, and in between tricks would coldly and almost contemptuously jab his crowds with figures and facts - figures and facts that were inescapable even when, as often happened, they were entirely incorrect."

 

 

Entirely incorrect. In its despair and confusion, a large segment of the American populace is prepared to believe anything it's told, in part because we are a country less and less educated, increasingly unable to tell fact from fiction because we are so unschooled in basic essential knowledge about America and the world.

 

snip--snip--She cited a 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey: "Only 23 percent of college-educated young people could find Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Israel, four countries of ultimate importance to American policy on the map - a map, by the way, that had the countries lettered on it. So in other words, it wasn't a blank map, [which] meant they didn't really know where the Middle East was either ... If only 23 percent of people with some college can find those countries on a map that is nothing to be bragging about. And that has to have something to do with why, as a country, we have such shallow political discussions."

snip--The jump in the "Obama is a Muslim" numbers is sharpest among Republicans (and a new Newsweek poll finds a majority of Republicans also believe that it's "definitely" or "probably" true that "Barack Obama sympathizes with Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world"). But as New York Times blogger Timothy Egan noted in an entry headlined, "Building a Nation of Know-Nothings," it's "not just that 46 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush..

Back when Moyers spoke with Susan Jacoby about "the ignorance and erosion of historical memory that makes serious deceptions possible and plausible," she cited as an example that, "If we don't know what our Constitution says about the separation of powers then it certainly affects the way we decide all kinds of public issues."

According to a survey conducted last year by The American Revolution Center, a nonpartisan, educational group, more than half of American adults "mistakenly believe the Constitution established a government of direct democracy, rather than a democratic republic," a third don't know that the right to trial by jury is guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and "many more Americans remember that Michael Jackson sang 'Beat It' than know that the Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution." (Sixty percent knew that reality TV's Jon and Kate Gosselin had eight kids, but more than a third did not know that the American Revolution took place in the 18th century.)

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know

 

 

SNIP The jump in the "Obama is a Muslim" numbers is sharpest among Republicans (and a new Newsweek poll finds a majority of Republicans also believe that it's "definitely" or "probably" true that "Barack Obama sympathizes with Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world"). But as New York Times blogger Timothy Egan noted in an entry headlined, "Building a Nation of Know-Nothings," it's "not just that 46 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush..

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Did you notice john that Sam, one of the smartest and generally fair minded frequent right winged posters on this site just tried to slip that by us through the proverbial back door? And he can't use ignorance or having been brainwashed as an excuse like some can.

 

Veteran Advisor

Re: Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know

  LOL, and I thought that he liked Ron Paul too.

 

  But, most people remember the last thing that they heard the best, and if it is repeated again and again, they take it as factual. Look what Fox "News" has managed to do in the not too distant past. Of the three misconceptions about Iraq, that Al Qualude-a and Iraq were connected, that WMDs had been found, and that the world approved of the U.S. invasion of Iraq................80% of Fox viewers believed at least one of the three, along with the lie that Saddam was behind 9/11.

 

  Pass the Vicks Vaporub, so we can all shed a tear like Glenn Beck, about the percentage of this country's citizens that are pathetically stupid. Maybe it would sink in if we put it on a chalkboard. 

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Re: Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know

 What does this have to do with Ron Paul??   The Koch bros may call themselves Libertarians, but they are what real libertarians call Republican-lite.  They don't even support real libertarian candiates.   These kind of pretenders and confused idiots are the reason I call myself --small l-- libertarian.

Veteran Advisor

Re: Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know

  I was referring to the actual "tea party" that Ron Paul supporters did across the U.S. a few years ago, when he ran for president. His popular message gained a lot of support, along with a single day record(then, I don't know if it was broke since) of contributions, mainly from the internet.

  The big money behind the "tea party" now has tried to merge the two separate "tea parties", and use the same message and networks to push republicans back into the spotlight, and into the majority of Congress.

 

  They are two entirely different  "tea parties", with totally different financial backing, and supporters too.

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Re: Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know

 That's right, around ten years ago libertarian groups organized a 'tax day' protest of mailing their elected(so-called)representatives a tea bag.   After the fascists saw the real grass root movement behind Paul's run for the nomination, they attempted to 'get in front" of the momentum through their Murdock and Moon  propaganda media clowns and talking heads.  It demonstrates how the shallowness of the public's grasp of politics allows them to be herded and manipulated.