Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Spirit of anti-intellectualism"

The opinion piece in the Laconia Daily Sun today by E. Scott Cracraft , caught my attention,in particular the phrase he used to describe what he believes may be a cause of other countries students being ahead of ours: a spirit of anti-intellectualism."
When I read his piece, I realized that one could use conservative in place of liberal ( and vice versa) and the meaning remains the same. Mr. Cracraft is an educator and naturally he is defending educators, which is the primary purpose of his article . Dig  a little deeper, and it is also a story about intolerance. Today, it seems to be okay to go beyond insults and name calling and seek to have opinions you don't agree with banned from publication. Even seeking to have people removed from their jobs. I wholeheartedly agree with the writer, that calling people " unpatriotic" or " un-American" simply because their views are diametrically opposite of yours is wrong and un-American. .
Let me borrow a bit from Hollywood. In the film, The American President, POTUS played by Michael Douglas makes a statement at a press conference in response to a Senator running against him for President: "America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, 'You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours." 
We've lost our way in this great experiment of democracy, and as we remember tomorrow our Veterans from too many wars and conflicts, we need to get back on track and remember what it is we are really fighting for and what many gave their lives for. 
One last point. Please don't submit comments on this post that seek to blame Obama, Bush, Republican, Democrats, Tea Party, etc, etc... Comment constructively and not just quoting talking points from whatever your preferred news source may be. 


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nancy Wright said,
Mr. Cracraft stated “It does not matter what the teacher or professor teaches or what he or she says in class. Or, that educators are taxpayers and citizens (and sometimes veterans) too and have a right to their opinion."

I disagree with Mr. Cracraft's statement. It does and should matter what educators teach our children in the classroom. Being a teacher does not give them the green light to fill young minds with their political agenda. Teachers should stick to the lesson plan and leave personal agendas out of the class room.

Joseph Cormier said...

"One last point. Please don't submit comments on this post that seek to blame Obama, Bush, Republican, Democrats, Tea Party, etc, ... Comment constructively and not just quoting talking points from whatever your preferred news source may be. "

Hallelujah!


However:
If ... "he believes may be a cause of other countries students being ahead of ours: a spirit of anti-intellectualism." ... means the dumbing down of America, then I agree.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201407/anti-intellectualism-and-the-dumbing-down-america

Maybe educators should expound on that concept, and stop complaining about constitutional rights ... protected even further by their Collective Bargaining Agreements. What is their role in the dumbing down of America?

American culture, has changed, or lack of it.

Other E.SCOTT articles:

http://www.laconiadailysun.com/opinion/letters/86888-e-scott-cracraft-the-walmartizaton-of-higher-education

http://www.laconiadailysun.com/opinion/columns/89760-e-scott-cracraft-faith-philosophy-science




However, "describe what he believes may be a cause of other countries students being ahead of ours: a spirit of anti-intellectualism."

If anti-intellectualism equates to the dumbing down of America ... then I do agree. Then the next question is how do educators account for it.

"Part of the reason for the rising anti-intellectualism can be found in the declining state of education in the U.S. compared to other advanced countries:"

Joseph Cormier said...

This post isn't about anti-intellectualism.

Being Veterans day, I thought I'd sleaze this post in.

To those who serve, have served, ... and to those who are, have been, on covert missions!

Here's "a video" about Benghazi that doesn't insult the intellect.

Click on the ..."FEATURETTE:THE MEN WHO LIVED IT " ... for the important part.


http://www.thirteenhoursmovie.com/?utm_source=DrudgeReportDES&utm_medium=720x300&utm_campaign=13Hours


Anonymous said...

Nancy Wright said,
So much for "tolerance." Things didn't go so well for a Missouri communications professor when she attempted to deny a student journalist his First Amendment rights.

The incident was caught on camera during a demonstration at the University of Missouri.

http://youtu.be/A_Dh1RzTqRU

Anonymous said...

Speaking of "intolerance: Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice
http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

Joseph Cormier said...

From the same article:

"Much of the present research literature suggests that our prejudices are primarily emotional in origin rather than cognitive. These two pieces of information suggest that it might be particularly fruitful for researchers to consider strategies to change feelings toward outgroups," rather than thoughts.

Not the author, but a Gordon Hodson quote, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario.

This must be done after a halt, to smelling the roses, or whatever is being snorted.

Famous words by clinical geniuses: "How do you feel ..."

The author must be a "really, really" free-lance reporter to show up on FOX with these "really, really deep" thoughts:

http://www.foxnews.com/archive/stephanie-pappas/index.html

Then again...

http://muckrack.com/stephanie-pappas

http://www.livescience.com/17913-advantages-gay-parents.html

http://www.livescience.com/52300-most-believe-in-extraterrestrial-alien-life.html

A real rocket scientist! Why go to Mars ... when we have real specimens here!

Anonymous said...

Nancy Wright said,
Niel Cavuto interviews Keely Mullen, an organizer for the Million Student March. It's an eye opener.

http://youtu.be/Pu1y5g1O3-Y

Anonymous said...

yah, and the Donald wants to blow up the middle east and send it into the dark ages, then have his big business buddies go in and rebuild it for profit. Then he will deport 11 million illegals " in a nice way". No that is an eye opener!

Anonymous said...

"Blow up the Middle East and send it into the dark ages?" The Middle East doesn't need the Donald to blow it up, it's in flames and tatters already. Hate to burst your bubble but the Middle East never evolved out of the dark ages!

Anonymous said...

Is Anonymous 10:44 going to blame the Donald for the unfolding terrorist attack in Paris? There are circumstances where being "nice" ends up biting you in the behind! Europe is in melt down. Who's next?

Anonymous said...

Sweden
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6865/sweden-anarchy