This is a story that is buzzing in my former home state of Montana. The newly elected Commissioner of Public Education is barely able to construct and utter a complete sentence. She might be, like so many Americans, functionally illiterate.
Read about Elsie Arntzen here.
I call it “delicious irony” because even our best and brightest students come out of our school system in a functionally disabled state, unable to tell truth from fiction, sorely lacking in the necessary tools to understand the basics of life and living. They cannot see through politics, cannot resist advertising and propaganda, and imagine that everything they are told on news is real. They lack critical thinking skills.
Don’t kid yourself. It is no accident. Our leaders do not wanted an educated citizenry. They want workers, spenders, consumers, voters, but people who know how to think and question both perceived reality and authority are not useful. So the schools grill them in memorization. Our best and brightest might survive and develop, but most don’t. They might make good Jeopardy contestants, but they can’t see through 9/11 or the Trump “election” to office.
Arntzen serves as the poster child of the American education system. Please don’t recall her! Please!