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America's tech decline: A reading guide

ErichTheRed (39327) writes | more than 3 years ago


ErichTheRed (39327) writes "Computerworld has put together an interesting collection of links to various sources detailing the decline of US R&D/innovation in technology. The cross section of sources is interesting — everything from government to private industry. It's interesting to see that some people are actually concerned about this...even though all the US does is argue internally while rewarding the behaviour that hastens the decline."
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It all starts in the schools (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 3 years ago | (#35818258)

It should be no surprise [] when the effect of schooling, in the words of William Torrey Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1889-1906:

Ninety-nine [students] out of a hundred are automata, careful to walk in prescribed paths, careful to follow the prescribed customs. This is not an accident but the result of substantial education, which scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual


Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening. The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role.

Re:It all starts in the schools (1)

chispito (1870390) | more than 3 years ago | (#35818482)

I don't follow you. He made those comments while some of the brightest, most creative, and most productive minds our country has ever known were entering the US educational system. The technological progress made by the US in the first half of the 20th century is staggering. It seems to me that whatever we were doing with our students educationally at that time is exactly what we need now.

Re:It all starts in the schools (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 3 years ago | (#35818764)

Centralized control of education wasn't really complete until about the 1960s. Many of people entering the educational system, especially those away from the major urban centers on the coast, were still being taught by teachers who had not been through this type of schooling. In addition, the rot had not yet spread to the private schools as well. Read Gatto's book if you want a more detailed timeline.
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