I Detect A Fallacy

Posted By on September 1, 2013


From Winging It, Carma writes, Put Your Own Mask on First: Why Public School for All is Not the Answer. Here’s the intro…

The gist of Ms. Benedikt’s article is the point she intends to make, which is:

But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.

So, let’s follow this argument logically: We should force every child to attend public school where they all will, according to Ms. Benedikt, receive a mediocre education. They will grow up with this mediocre education. With this mediocre education they will in their turn become the teachers and policymakers of the future. Then, armed solely with the strength of that mediocre education, they will somehow … make education better.

I don’t know about you, but I smell the burning synapses of a cognitive disconnect there.

Read the rest here.

Recommended Resources:
The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning
Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption
IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America

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