American anti-intellectualism? Say it ain’t so!
09 Mar 2008

American anti-intellectualism? Say it ain’t so!

From the slightly off-topic department… After laughing

09 Mar 2008

From the slightly off-topic department…

After laughing with Idiocracy‘s critiques of anti-intellectual culture in American society, this quote from Bill Maher hit home (via Crooks and Liars):

Maher: “New rule, politicians must stop saying, ‘the American people are smarter than that.’ No they aren’t! If the Bush era has taught us anything, it’s that voters want a president carved in their own image. Someone who doesn’t like to read or believe anything he’s told, and is easily distracted by bright, shiny objects.”

The good news is that a new chief executive is coming, providing an opportunity to break from anti-intellectual variants of populism. Why aren’t education leaders talking about what to do when our next president enters office?

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