A Civilizational Commitment to Civilizational Suicide

Sunset, 2015, Nov

Patrick Deneen:

Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings. The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West.

Read more: http://www.mindingthecampus.org/2016/02/how-a-generation-lost-its-common-culture/

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