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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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  • Apr 7 2013: Not one who wants to want to have a future. Not one who desires industry and health care. Why only tax dumb poor people when you could also tax rich (smarter sometimes) people for way more money. This non-dumb people can also solve problems for you. I'm sorry but the question is kinda silly. It sounds like a conspiracy theory in the making.

    You are totally begging the question IMO. http://www.skepdic.com/begging.html http://www.fallacyfiles.org/begquest.html

    "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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