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The Moore You Know…

16 December, 2003 (17:31) | Social Commentary

Today, I began reading Michael Moore’s Dude, Where’s My Country? I’m just over a chapter in and already I’m filled with anger and disbelief. This anger and disbelief is not aimed, as the book seems to intend, at the Bush administration. Nor is it aimed at Michael Moore, for his cries and questions are not nearly as far to left or outlandish as I’ve heard republicans say. No, my anger is aimed at the American public and the American education system.

Day in day out, we, as students, are taught to analyze things, to understand them, and to be able to use this analysis to learn. At least that’s what we’re supposed to be taught. Instead, we’re taught “facts,” “truths,” and ways to repeat them back in order to gain praise and recognition via good grades. There’s no analysis happening. There’s no understanding or recognition of importance.

One of my teachers once said that critical thinking isn’t taught anymore. Science, having hands on and procedures taught, is as close as it gets. I wish I remembered that teacher’s name, because I’ve found a greater level of respect for the man, a man who’s name I can’t remember, thanks to the lack of thought in our society.

People claim that the American public is stupid. We’re not stupid. We’re ignorant. We’re disinterested. We’re unknowledgeable. What the American public lacks is not knowledge but an ability to think, analyze and understand. It doesn’t matter if the argument for learning is based off the fact that we’re losing out on jobs to the Japanese or that we think highly of ourselves because we don’t understand or that we let our government tromp on our rights because of their lies. The justification doesn’t matter.

Yesterday, I would’ve moved to Canada or another country to escape the stupidity of the American public. Today, I want to fight and teach and change the United States. All it would take is a little critical thinking.

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  • had an argument over michael moore today. other person and i both agreed his stuff (mostly vowling for columbine) was great yet he refused to comprehend the amount of propoganda within that movie by mr moore.

  • had an argument over michael moore today. other person and i both agreed his stuff (mostly vowling for columbine) was great yet he refused to comprehend the amount of propoganda within that movie by mr moore.

  • Michael Moore has a gift. He has the ability to show the truth in such a way that everyone can understand. Unfortunately, that means he can throw opinions out and his credibility will make them seem like facts. Take his words with a grain of salt as much as you would George W. Bush’s.

  • Michael Moore has a gift. He has the ability to show the truth in such a way that everyone can understand. Unfortunately, that means he can throw opinions out and his credibility will make them seem like facts. Take his words with a grain of salt as much as you would George W. Bush’s.

  • One of my teachers once said that critical thinking isn’t taught anymore.When was it taught? And how, exactly, do you teach someone to think? I think everyone learns certain degrees of critical thinking just to survive. Trying to convince people to apply that to abstract concepts and complex systematic issues is the real battle – because, honestly, if you have food on your table and whatnot, you don’t need to think about what needs fixing, and if you don’t, you need to focus on survival.I mean, I agree with the fury and frustration, but let’s not oversimplify.

  • One of my teachers once said that critical thinking isn’t taught anymore.

    When was it taught? And how, exactly, do you teach someone to think?

    I think everyone learns certain degrees of critical thinking just to survive. Trying to convince people to apply that to abstract concepts and complex systematic issues is the real battle – because, honestly, if you have food on your table and whatnot, you don’t need to think about what needs fixing, and if you don’t, you need to focus on survival.

    I mean, I agree with the fury and frustration, but let’s not oversimplify.

  • I think, and it took a lot of thinking, that critical think is supposed to be taught in history and science classes. Science, which uses hands on procedures to show process is not there to teach you how the world works (not in the lower grades anyway), but how to collect data and analyze it. History, on the other hand, gives you data already collected and hase you analyze and apply it.

    I can’t tell you if it was ever taught, but I know it wasn’t taught as I went through school. Why do I think I learned critical thinking? I don’t know. Perhaps it was my nature. I mean, I am the kid who argued that my parents couldn’t prove I existed and therefore I couldn’t empty the non-existent dishwasher or clean my non-existent room. I didn’t get punished for it. Instead I was forced to study existentialism when I was 10.

  • I think, and it took a lot of thinking, that critical think is supposed to be taught in history and science classes. Science, which uses hands on procedures to show process is not there to teach you how the world works (not in the lower grades anyway), but how to collect data and analyze it. History, on the other hand, gives you data already collected and hase you analyze and apply it.

    I can’t tell you if it was ever taught, but I know it wasn’t taught as I went through school. Why do I think I learned critical thinking? I don’t know. Perhaps it was my nature. I mean, I am the kid who argued that my parents couldn’t prove I existed and therefore I couldn’t empty the non-existent dishwasher or clean my non-existent room. I didn’t get punished for it. Instead I was forced to study existentialism when I was 10.

  • cheers to that

  • cheers to that