I think the article is dead on correct. I've been complaining about this for at least two years and everyone thinks I'm a nutty conspiracy theorist.
The recent publication of the Texas Republican party platform couldn't have made it any clearer -- they do not want people to think for themselves, they want good drones they can employ for **** wages (and make them feel successful for being the person hired for those **** wages).
The book "Shop Class as Soulcraft" has a great discussion on how Henry Ford got this whole way of thinking underway.
Honestly, the better Mo does in school the more fights I pick with him at home to be sure he remembers how to think.
I do sometimes find things that restore my faith.
Every Sunday Mr. B and I walk to the neighborhood farmer's market. This week we found ourselves sharing a table with a high up muckety muck from Reed College.
By chance the morning paper had run an article on Reed's new $28,000.000 arts building and we had a great conversation about investing in arts and humanities and how the students at Reed are a different breed of learners. Mr. High Up declared that Mo would make a good candidate for attending his neighborhood college.