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you do remind me of the somewhat paranoid theory that the real purpose of school is to humiliate children.

I actually don't think that, but children are powerless and vulnerable, so their humiliation is often the outcome in flawed systems and I don't understand the casual tolerance of it when it's pointed out.

I do, however, think there's a somewhat purposeful element of humiliation in the US social services, which is almost always the result of policies pushed by Republicans and celebrated by their followers.  This punitive "culture" seems to filter down into all areas.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 04:24:35 PM EST
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