Friday, May 30, 2008

Required Reading

Intellectual historian Susan Jacoby on our misuse of the term elite:
All the older forms of elite-bashing have now devolved into a kind of aggressive denial of the threat to American democracy posed by public ignorance.


Mary Ann said...

Misuse of the word "elite" is part of the problem. The root of the problem is the reverse snobbery that suggests that being among the best is a bad thing. I didn't understand this when my father teased me, "If you're so smart why ain't you rich." But I began to understand as I watched with dismay as Dryden schools dismantled the "high academic" program that had benefited my kids so much.

I make no apology for the fact that I want our elected officials to be the smartest, best educated people we can find. Elitist? Maybe.

I renew my call for teaching philosophy, including semantics, beginning in kindergarten.

KAZ said...

I'd like to hear more about the high academic program. We have a new member of the board who's a specialist in gifted & talented kids--runs a camp for them at Vassar. So there's a chance we could ram something through before my time ends so people stop asking why I don't enroll O in private school (as if there's such a choice in Dryden).