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I suspect that, to a large portion of the US population, education consists of memorization and regurgitation. Worse, I have known too many adults who related school experiences of having been accused of lying when the answer to a question 'just came to them'. To authoritarians the answers come from the top of the hierarchy - often from God by scripture or direct revelation in the distant past. The result is that perhaps the majority of students learn not to trust themselves to be able to arrive at an answer on their own by just having the answer just come to them. Such people are, effectively, mentally paralyzed. To authoritarians and sociopaths this is a feature, not a bug and that is part of why such functional paralysis is as common as it is.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jan 25th, 2014 at 12:40:21 PM EST
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