This is the previously mentioned commentary on Mark Slouka’s article “ Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school” Since the article. Mark Slouka’s essay (Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school) comes across as a persuasive argument that the humanities. Instructor’s Note. This essay is Julia Evanoff’s analysis of Mark. Slouka’s article “ Dehumanized.” Julia does a great job speaking to a general audience that may.

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Was the idea of contribution to education “cold and calculating? More from Mark Slouka: In the same way, it is hard for someone to know what it is to be South Asian unless you spend some time in that society and come to know it from the inside.

Unable to come up with a quick response and unwilling to petition for a change of venue, I ducked into low-grade irony. The central issue here is that a meaningful education needs to nurture the ability to think, to ask questions, and to analyze critically.

For instance, my son will never have geography as a separate subject, WTF? This was helped by creating a tax structure that encouraged this. Did Frank Ghery design the US economy?

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But he is wrong to assert that math and science wield disproportionate influence and have large coffers. I think maths and science are more like methods. Our world changes then. The humanities need not have a humanizing influence dehukanized there is a missing ingredient that is needed for that.



Now, I am referring back to Michael’s comment and the understanding of an humanist approach toward looking at politics, democracy, and this possible relation?

As far as I can tell, it is not quantification that scientists value — quantification is simply an extremely slouoa tool to get at what they really do value, which is understanding Nature.

Even creativity is a need of the political order in societies that are competing for global dominance because countries that soluka innovate inevitably fall behind.

This is not just the case in capitalist systems — countries that revolted against capitalism in the name of the masses were just as strategic with education using it as a means to political ends. The particular domain that gets emphasised determines the scope of questions around which there is critical thinking done.

When Slouka writes that “we encourage anemic discussions about Atticus Finch and racism but race past the bogeyman of miscegenation” and “debate the legacy of the founders but tactfully sidestep their issues with Christianity,” he misses an obvious and fruitful corollary. Either way, democracy is an organizational process and not, as Slouka argues, a value. Hi Bee, after reading mqrk experience with the US, I came to the conclusion, that the schools in the US are not that good. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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There is no education that is independent of politics. I even worked professionally in the arts in my youth, before studying science in college. Goodness, from the heart? Knowing ourselves is always a work in process, and understanding “why” we can sometimes react the way we do. We weren’t even taught that there could be more than two choices or two parties with opposing opinions!

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Such confusions explain a lot of nonsense I keep reading online and are certainly not helpful to informed decision making. The impetus for each is awe and curiosity: That is the central point he is making and it is well supported.

However, when one seriously looks to the captions of industry today we find at the top those such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who stand to exemplify the spirit of the humanities in action, as opposed to what they represent as to being theoretically.

Martha Nussbaum has thought and published plenty about democracy, humanities, science and more. Never had a chance to look at your “this and that” articles Great article, thanks for the link!