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Keep This Man Away from Your Children

Undernews, delivered to one's Inbox every day, is the irreverent and insightful production of longtime Washington commentator Sam Smith. If you don't read it, you just don't know what you're missing.

by Sam Smith

Forget about creativity, imagination, insight, judgment, wisdom, history, culture, ethics or consideration, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, data is what we need to teach our children. He told a research conference last June, "I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. Data gives us the roadmap to reform. It tells us where we are, where we need to go, and who is most at risk."


Do not train children to learn by force and harshness, but direct them to it by that which amuses their minds so that you may be better able to discover the peculiar bent of the genius of each - Plato

— Sam Smith
Progressive Review/Undernews


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