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The Perils of Zombie Education | Truth-Out.org

The Perils of Zombie Education | Truth-Out.org | aletheia | Scoop.it

As a history professor with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering teaching at a technical college after 20 years' service in the US Air Force, I'm sympathetic to education that connects to the world of doing, of making, of providing goods and services to consumers. Yet we must not allow education itself to become a consumable. When education becomes a commodity and students become consumers, the result is zombie education. Often characterized in practice by the mindless munching of digestible bits of disconnected PowerPoint factoids, zombie education leads to more mindless consumption of commodities after graduation, a result consistent with greed-driven capitalism, but not with ideal-driven democracy.

 

Mindless consumption is bad enough. But zombies are also mindless in political contexts, which is why totalitarian systems work so hard to create them as a preliminary to taking power. Think here of Hannah Arendt's critique of Adolf Eichmann as a man devoured by the demands of his job (the extermination of the Jews in Europe), a cliché-ridden careerist who was unable to think outside the constraints of Nazi party ideology.

 

But let's return to the economic bottom line. In his signature role as Gordon Gekko, Michael Douglas in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) describes the latest generation of college graduates as NINJAs (no income, no jobs, no assets). Basically, they're screwed, he says. This may even be true if you view a college diploma strictly as a passport to a vocation that pays well.

 

But true education is much more than that. True education is transformative. It's soul-enriching and soul-engaging. It opens alternative paths to living that don't begin and end at the workplace. It measures personal fulfillment in ways that aren't restricted to take-home pay.

 

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Awesome New Electronics Can Dissolve and Disappear When They're No Longer Needed

Awesome New Electronics Can Dissolve and Disappear When They're No Longer Needed | aletheia | Scoop.it
"Transient electronics" could deliver drugs, monitor buildings and more. Could they be an eco-friendly solution for obsolescent tech?

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Michel Foucault parle de l'Archéologie du savoir au micro de France Culture, le 2 mai 1969

Georges Charbonnier reçoit Michel Foucault au micro des Matinées de France Culture, en la présence de Jean Duvignaud - Professeur au collège de France et de ...
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An eco building named Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood is a roundwood timber-frame eco building. It was built in 2012, at Swan Barn Farm in Haslemere, on the borders of West Sussex and Surrey, by th...
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