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Finding Kanzus

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Not only can’t Johnny read; it turns out he can’t write, spell, punctuate, cipher, think, infer, or find Kanzus on a map, either.
How did this happen?
Let us count the ways:
1. Johnny was forged in a culture in which learning for learning’s sake, knowing for knowing’s sake, understanding or for understanding’s sake, has little intrinsic value.
2. Johnny was forged in a culture in which a majority of parents do not read to their children, do not take them to museums, and do not discuss the issues of the day with them.
3. Johnny was forged in a culture in which the average child spends over six hours a day, seven days a week, texting, friending, liking, cellphoning, apping, and instagramming.
4. Johnny was forged in a culture in which most MLB pitchers make more money per pitch, per pitch, than most teachers make in an entire school year.
5. Johnny was forged in a culture in which creationism is believed by sixty-two percent of the adult population to be an appropriate topic for study in public schools.
6. Johnny was forged in a culture in which any student who openly shows a passion for learning risks being teased and bullied, not to mention physically harmed.
7. Johnny was forged in a culture in which no one under sixty has any idea who Frank Baum is.

2019-01-19T18:45:47+00:00January 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Josh January 21, 2019 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Well, ya know, this is a vast topic on which much has been written and little has been done… or perhaps could be done. An interesting, highly opinionated, and meticulously research book on the general topic is Kurt Andersen’s Fantasyland. (https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=fantasyland+how+america+went+haywire+a+500-year+history&sprefix=fantasyland%2Caps%2C291&crid=25DHKB1EH64W)

    • TomF January 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the referral.

  2. Barry Cook January 20, 2019 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Sad to say, Johnny missed the boat. His country’s culture of learning peaked well before he was born. (Even at the peak, the culture of learning in the US was available to just a fraction of the population.)
    It is more important to learn how to think than what to think. Don’t you think?

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