If you live in a country which is not as far gone as the US, the #1 thing you need to prioritize is fiercely defending your public education system.

Crippling public education is the first in a series of dominoes which leads to the upheaval of your social and political freedoms

@sir agreed. But since "education" is a broad term, and "protecting it" somewhat vague, that might be hard without making things somewhat concrete.

I mean, what exactly *is* education? Which bits are the most important? How do you recognize a crippling event and how do you stop it?

I understand that the whole de-sciencification movement that seems to be growing in some places is a huge danger, that's for sure. Where to start with prevention or reversal of rot?

@doenietzomoeilijk use the scientific method to plan and evaluate curriculum

Be deliberate about what goals you want from the system (i.e. produce well-rounded, intelligent human beings)

Teach meta-stuff like philosophy

Teach practical skills like taxes and understanding the legal system and your role in it

Pay teachers well enough to make it a desirable and rewarding career

Remove the profit motive entirely, make education 100% funded by the state. No private schools, no private colleges, nada.

@sir @doenietzomoeilijk I'm glad you're including "meta-stuff". I really annoys me when people say school should just bo job training. We're trying to raise citizens not worker drones.

A few favorite quotes re: teaching/education follow:

There is no way to help a learner to be disciplined, active, and thoroughly engaged unless he perceives a problem to be a problem or whatever is to-be-learned as worth learning, and unless he plays an active role in determining the process of solution.

- Neil Postman, Teaching as a Subversive Activity

@sir it seems one of the first subjects they attack is always history. When it's "unpatriotic" to teach the real history of your own country, in context, something is deeply wrong.

@sir let's say that #1 fail. What is the #2?

@derle don't foresake education. If your educational system is broken and more urgent systemic problems have yet to emerge, fix education ASAP.

@derle a broken education system will get exponentially worse over time because students won't stop moving through them. Once they start to graduate their fate is probably sealed.

@sir public education is cringe and causes significant damage that can never truly quantified. Brainlet tier take m8, not even midwit tier.
@sir ah yes, there is nothing more worth defending than the Austrio-Hungarian model of education designed to be used as an indoctrination tool

@sir China educates people well and has zero liberties

@just @sir No they don't. Good education isn't just job skills. When you can't talk about parts of your countries history you can't educate properly.

@sir No, absolutely not. Public education is one of the most abusive institutions. Attendance is normally coerced and children are treated as slaves. Not to mention the high rate of scandalous exceptions such as sexual abuse perpetrated by "teachers". And quality of education is abysmal. Also, being funded through taxation makes them inherently immoral, as taxation is coercive.
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