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Sep. 16th, 2013

Невежество продолжает свой марш, который, судя по тенденциям последних лет, может оказаться победным:

Math-intensive education hasn’t done much for Russia, as it turns out. But historical counterexamples don’t seem to interest the latest generation of crisis-mongers. We’ve once again gotten ourselves caught up in a strangely self-destructive statistical cold war with other high-achieving countries. The recruits are young teenagers, their ammunition the little bubbles on standardized tests. America’s technological future hinges, say the rigorists, on whether our student population can plug-and-chug the binomial theorem better than, say, Korean or Finnish or German or Chinese students. The childishness of this hypernationalistic mentality depresses me, and I want it to end, and I am not alone.

http://harpers.org/archive/2013/09/wrong-answer/7/

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aron_turgenev
Sep. 16th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Love of literature hasn't done much for the Greeks or imperial-age Romans, so down with it too.
otkaznik
Sep. 16th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Беда. Хуже всего то, что вздор облачен в квази-респектабельные одежды нахватанных имен и цитат. И сам автор, носитель каких-то наград, будет теперь привлекаться как авторитет, на него будут ссылаться, и, не дай бог, реализовывать его советы.
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