[Scribus] OT: education
John G Walker
Wed Jun 21 02:47:07 CEST 2006
On Wed, 21 Jun 2006 01:20:58 +0100 Gustavo Homem
<gustavo at angulosolido.pt> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 09:28:41AM +0930, Janet Hawtin wrote:
> > The article looks to have been taken down, would you like to
> > summarise key points?
> previous version still works:
Classic conspiracy theory: starts with an outcome, and then attempts to
show how someone or ones had intended this all along. Conspiracy
theories assume away all possibility of unintended consequences.
In the real world, historical outcomes are almost always the result of
unintended consequences. The Great Powers did not intend to go to war
in 1914, the delegates to the First Continental Congress of the
American Colonies did not intend to declare independence from the
British Crown (they ended each session with a toast to King George),
but Europe went to war and the USA became independent. Just as in
these cases, the US educational system is the result of historical
development not conspiracy.
And anyway, even if the article was true, it has no place in Wikipedia,
since it breaks the rule about no original research.
It should also be noted, just for the record, that the Prussian
political system was swept away by revolution in 1918. So its
educational system doesn't seem to have been very effective in
maintaining its social and economic order,
All the best,
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