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Philosophical Meanderings

The Education Hunger Game: School as Cornucopia

With all the hype about the movie in the back of my mind, I read the book Hunger Games last weekend. There are many ways to interpret the material, whether in a broad or more narrow context; for whatever the reason, education came to my mind.

Does the font of wisdom operate to keep the colonized under control as youths seek out the (American) Dream of a good life?

How many youths will be killed off in the arena of education?

Isn’t it fun to watch the youths compete, harming one another and suffering?

What accolades, what shame will come the way of the warrior, farmer, miner and other classes?

Will there be a hero?

Will there be a crossover of gifts showered on one or more youth, coming from audience members from a different class than the youth-combatants?

Who is being entertained?

Is this merely a demonstrative project of power that keeps the colonized entrenched in “their place”?

Why are youths forced to fight a proxy war in their parents’ stead?

 

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About Brent Snavely

A construct of upbringing and society, holder of a BS and JD and most recently an MA, I have practiced law for about 20 years. It has been said "The Truth shall set you free" -- I believe it will, but only if it is Your Personal Truth. Parrhesia may be humankind's only hope (see, https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&srcid=0B9yCDQy_KiIGYTNiZTc1NmMtNzQ4ZS00OTM2LWI5ZWItNDI5MjVkMDM5NzZm).

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6 thoughts on “The Education Hunger Game: School as Cornucopia

  1. what an opportune time.
    millions can now hear our story via a familiar story.

    mockingjay.. no..?

    Posted by monika hardy | April 10, 2012, 8:25 am
  2. singing.. :)

    Posted by monika hardy | April 11, 2012, 2:00 pm
  3. The idea of schooling as a pop-bloodpsort entertainment is particularly horrifying in its truth.

    Best,
    C

    Posted by Chad Sansing | April 17, 2012, 1:10 pm

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