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America's Cult of Ignorance Is No Match for Asia's Cult of Intelligence

John W. Traphagan | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
John W. Traphagan

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." This cult of ignorance is the most serious national security issue facing the U.S. today.

Our Kids Today: The Greatest Generation?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

We are America. We should cultivate the wit and wisdom of Ben Franklin, the ingenuity of Thomas Alva Edison, the spirit of the Wright brothers. Were they good test-takers? Who knows? Who cares? I bet the guys at Enron and Madoff had great test scores.

A Matter of Time

The Daily Princetonian | Posted 06.29.2012 | Education
The Daily Princetonian

It isn't the quantity but rather the quality of an education that determines a learner's success. This commonly held, simple truth seems to be oddly absent in the thinking of both decision-makers and many parents as we seek to raise the next generation of Americans.

Nicholas D. Kristof: Our Broken Escalator

nytimes.com | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | Posted 09.15.2011 | Education

THE United States supports schools in Afghanistan because we know that education is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to build a country....