Re: Texas A&M commencement address
"please explain to me what you personally did to prevent the rise and installment of the organized education system, where "educators" are more concerned with their take-home than their students' take-away."
Nothing really, since I was not here in the 60s and 70s. However, it's probably also caused by all the so-called "professional" jocks who got paid those huge take-home salaries to play a game! If you don't see the incongruity of what I am trying to say here then you never will.
And the generation of money/revenue is so often brought up whenever criticism is made of a wrong-headed value system inherent in sports. We worship the almighty dollar - but in the end what price have we paid? No accountability at all, our athletes are gangstas, steroid injecting, win at all costs, money is God, slaves of a corporate system that does not give a fuck about these athletes and their short tenure! These guys are our children's heroes - WTF? Is that what we want?
Zanshin, I agree with much of what you say. Don't get me going because I see the result of "no student left behind" - they should have been because they can hardly read and write and count! If it were up to me I would shoot all those in charge of education theory and disband all the education czars and their bureaucracies out there including outlawing the education unions.
Having said that, ours is a culture of entertainment and amusement and not about academic achievement, aspiration to greatness, and goal assessment. Ours is a culture of pragmatic partial solutions, immediate results and instant gratification. We think throwing money at a broken educational system and using Social Science's quantifying analyses will solve all of our problems including the military ones. Hence our abject failure in addressing our problems here and abroad, even in the military (the A-stan).
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value."
Thomas Paine, volunteer in the Continental Army in his The American Crisis.