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Monday, February 07, 2005

The Attention of a People

I have been absent this web log. The demands of work and family have kept me away from the news of the day and when not working, I have avoided the computer. This brings to mind the phenomenon of American culture where a voting populace is remarkably uninformed about issues and events. It will be interesting to watch as our society grows to see how this experiement in representative, elected government can survive with such a lack of importance placed on education. When public education was discussed and presented, it was, at least in part, founded on this notion that the survival of the polity depended on an educated electorate. Along the way, however, we have conceived of public education as a vocational training program. A graduating highschool senior has spent 1.38% of his 7th grade through 12th grade educational time on the function of our government. And this overbalance toward commerce manifest in our vocational education is also manifest in our lack of knowledge of the news of the day. Unless it is a significant hobby, or unless your business is dependant upon it, one is not motivated to dedicate time to the endeavor.

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