2018-01-27 - An Educated Public

2018-01-29 - An Educated Public

After a long three-four months of dealing with issues and renovation at the Kingston house, it is good to get back to matters of education, where all of this began in the first place.

At the same time, the political world of being a representative in Maine remains a continued interest - especially as we begin a  new session at the state legislature.

So, I found this interesting quotation =

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
 Franklin D Roosevelt

There’s lots and lots to write about here - and even more questions to ask.

A well-educated public is the only way to assure that democracy continues successfully - as that well educated public must make decisions for its community and for its country.

What it means to be educated and how to get there are the questions?

On the one hand there must be content.  At some point the well-educated public will know not only how to read, but also the value of content in reading.  The well-educated public must know something about the subjects of school, and yes that includes science, math, literature, history, art, music, and languages. Sorry, those things just don’t disappear.  

On the other hand there must be process. The well-educated public will know how to use resources to find information and to make informed decisions about the information they find. The well-educated public will know the difference between news and “fake news.”  More importantly, they will know how to determine the difference for themselves.  The well-educated public must know how to read - but also how to distinguish truth from propaganda.

That ability to distinguish fact from opinion, and the ability to make decisions about conclusions is probably the single most important skill we can teach.

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