[lit-ideas] Re: What the Tortoise said to Achilles

  • From: Julie Krueger <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:05:18 -0600

Yesterday on my way into the gym to swim laps I was stopped by a fellow
soliciting petition signatures.  He asked if I would sign a petition to
"get the St. Louis law enforcement out of the hands of the government and
back into the hands of the people".  I'm afraid I laughed somewhat
caustically and said in a not entirely sotto voce that I was absolutely not
going to sign something to privatize law enforcement.  The way he phrased
it, I suspect half the people signing thought it sounded like a pretty cool

Julie Krueger

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM, Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> It isn't just students.  Here's a slogan from the tea party retirement age
> set:  "Keep your government hands off of my Medicare."  They obviously have
> no clue that Medicare *is* the government.  It would be interesting to know
> what people think Medicare and Social Security are.  It's been suggested
> that education is deliberately lobbied against, sabotaged behind the scenes
> by the 1% to maintain a plutocracy.  Obviously the Founding Fathers
> anticipated some version of keep your government hands off of my Medicare
> when they created the electoral college. I can't remember the actual
> statistic from Susan Jacoby and can't find it, but something like 30% of
> high school students think the Civil War was in the 20th century.
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/get-your-goddamn-governme_b_252326.html
>   *From:* Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
> *To:* lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> *Sent:* Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:14 PM
> *Subject:* [lit-ideas] What the Tortoise said to Achilles
>  Excerpt from a comment in the daily 
> InsideHigherEd.com<http://insidehighered.com/>
> .
> 'The so-called "No Child Left Behind" policies have given us a crop of
> students nearly incapable of drawing conclusions on their
> own--so to teach critical thinking, we have to teach what thinking is
> first.'
> Robert Paul,
> caught in  a syllogistic web

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