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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Michael Moore: Math Teacher?

Republican Voices editor posts a link to a seriocomic liberal-socialist technique for inculcating the secular religion of socialism.

Editors Blog: Michael Moore: Math Teacher? links the reader to Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 Teacher’s Guide, which instructs teachers in using the “facts” in Moore’s fictional “documentary” as examples for math problem-solving.

This approach is in keeping with the theory first expounded in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “?mile,” later promoted as Progressive Education by John Dewey in the early 20th century: don’t teach actual subject matter; let children learn in the process of playing and “doing.” 

Progressive education as a whole has been disastrously ineffective.  Unfortunately, students are unlikely to learn much math from Michael Moore’s technique.  But, as film-maker Oliver Stone has proved with movies like “JFK,” young people left ignorant of history by public education readily assume that movie fiction is fact.