The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of the rich men in the country. [John Adams]
Only by restoring the authority of knowledge can we improve teachers’ status, says Michele Ledda. Developing skills is important but it can neither precede nor replace knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Our child-centred education system encourages an indifferent and even suspicious attitude towards the transmission of knowledge, seeing it as an activity fraught with dangers. This has been the case for so many decades that we have come to regard it as normal.
It is the legacy of the Lincoln School which sought and succeeded in dumbing down successive generations to the point of pig-ignorance. Thus it is wonderful to see a few pundits starting to come round to the horror of what the socialists did to education and to human beings themselves.
Can we ever emerge from this malaise which should never ever have been allowed to occur? Two of the saddest things I read was when I ran this youtube and commenters said, in as many words:
1. Well, it hasn’t stopped her succeeding in life;
2. It’s better to learn life skills than have knowledge.
Oh my goodness, where does one start? That woman is not only ignorant but she is obstinate in her ignorance. She said: “I’m listening to the words you say but I only hear what I want to hear.” In other words – knowledge resistant and rude to go with it. Multiply her by millions and you have a society ready to be taken over by ideology.
Why were Bibles in Latin and chained to pulpits? Why did Guinevere act as she did? Because she was in a state of ignorance. Ignorance is power for someone else and is therefore in the political interests of oligarchs.
From knowledge is derived power and the ability to regulate and organize one’s thoughts. An erudite and educated person is a person with world knowledge, with vastly more than he/she will ever call on. So yes – learn the seven wonders of the ancient world. Yes – learn the Roman numerals. yes – read Plato in the original.
Point 1 above – if she has succeeded in life from that knowledge base, then heaven help that society.
Knowledge tailored to each stage
For such an anti-cognitive educational world we ive in, they’re very quick to load children up with all the knowledge they need about sex. I suggest that the whole topic need never have been broached in schools in the first place. Hell – it used to be that there was such a thing as a curriculum, where knowledge was imparted at the point the age and prior experience dictated it.