Friday, January 01, 2010

From the archives - Telling point about government schools by Thomas Sowell

Several years back Joanne Jacobs referenced a column by Thomas Sowell. Here was the interesting quote in Dr. Sowell's column:

A recently reprinted memoir by Frederick Douglass has footnotes explaining what words like "arraigned," "curried" and "exculpate" meant, and explaining who Job was. In other words, this man who was born a slave and never went to school educated himself to the point where his words now have to be explained to today's expensively under-educated generation.

It is sad. Because of the poor education many Americans are getting today they are in ways slaves to ignorance.

The version of the column Joanne linked to is no longer up, but I found it here.

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1 comment:

Malcolm Kirkpatrick said...

Aloha, Henry Cate.

In the same Sowell essay: "People sometimes ask if I have tried to convince black "leaders" to take a different view on racial issues. Of course not. I wouldn't spend my time trying to persuade the mafia to give up crime. Why should I spend time trying to convince race hustlers to give up victimhood? It's their bread and butter."

I have come (reluctantly) to a similar view of school choice advocacy with legislators.