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Laura Sibinescu

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Are governments interested in keeping us 'dumb'?

Educated citizens are difficult to govern - this is a recurrent argument I've encountered while discussing education with various people.

Do you think it's in a democratic government's best interest to keep its citizens ignorant by maintaining largely outmoded school systems and educational policies, a lack of transparency, or the failure to encourage social and political participation? Or would a democratic government prefer to work with an educated, involved citizenry?

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    Mar 27 2013: There is an ongoing effort to eliminate the great chasm of difference in education between first-world nations and lesser developed countries. The driving philosophy behind this effort is that educated people are not easy to command and control. In an effort to institute a single, global system of unchallenged Socialism big brother must blend all the economies and education levels into one, manageable level. If you live in a first world nation you are experiencing a "dumbing-down" process while lesser developed nations are establishing basic education programs. The end product of this new world order will be productive, compliant workers who trust everything to the State.
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      Mar 28 2013: It is known that the educated people are not easy to command and control.
      In fact, there is nothing can be controlled; it is because we cannot even “control in our life”.
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        Mar 28 2013: Will you re-state that last sentence. I am not getting your meaning. Thanks.

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