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  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    Henry A. Giroux's powerful article, Manufactured Illiteracy and Miseducation: A Long Process of Decline... articulates the central role of education in today's world of rising authoritarianism and civic implosion. Here are a few tidbits:

    What forces have allowed education, if not reason itself, to be undermined as crucial public and political resources, capable of producing the formative culture and critical citizens that could have prevented such a catastrophe from happening in an alleged democracy? We get a glimpse of this failure of education, public values and civic literacy in the willingness and success of the Trump administration to empty language of any meaning, a practice that constitutes a flight from historical memory, ethics, justice and social responsibility.

    What we are witnessing is not simply a political project but also a reworking of the very meaning of education as both a crucial institution and a democratizing and empowering cultural force.

    Truth is now viewed as a liability and ignorance a virtue. Under the reign of this normalized architecture of alleged common sense, literacy is regarded with disdain, words are reduced to data and science is confused with pseudo-science. All traces of critical thought appear only at the margins of the culture as ignorance becomes the primary organizing principle of American society. [emphasis mine]

  • Bertold Brautigan

    Thanks for posting that, Ruth. Excellent article.

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner