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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: Hello Ellen
    Re: Public approval? Important issues?

    Foods & entertainments are superficial appeasement for common people. Common people are not interested in knowing public service and or public policy. Common people miss the extremely important points that are values civic virtues and the public life. Contemporary politician’s plan is concerned how to win the votes of the common people. The plan is to give out "cheap foods and entertainments" would be the most effective way to gain political power in the short term. In short, Contemporary Politicians must come to be public approval. Contemporary politicians must provide people their basic needs, then, can increase political power in the short term.
    • Apr 8 2013: Hi Lamb Lamb
      I agree with you that many people are not interested in public policy and will vote for governments that meet their basic needs. While governments should be firstly meeting the basic needs and rights of its people, it has the capacity to do more.
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/political-science/2013/apr/05/experts-experimental-government?CMP=twt_gu th
      This link discusses the issue of evidence required by government and the challenges of those in power to access and understand the evidence that may inform "good" policy. It also refers to good practice based on evidence.
      My view is that those of us with the capacity to support and generate "good" evidence and "good" practice have an obligation to our fellow citizens to bring that to the attention of government either by the way we vote or the way we engage with government and fellow citizens. This is where our power lies if we believe that governments are capable of and willing to "keep us 'dumb'"
      Thanks Lamb Lamb for your comment.

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