The Death of "why?"

The Death of "why?"

The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy

Book - 2009
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Obsessed with answers, we have lost sight of the power and value of questions. Debates over globalization, climate change, health care, and poverty will not be osolvedo with simple answers, but that's what Americans are being trained to expect. Andrea Batista Schlesinger argues that we're besieged by cultural forces that urge us to avoid critical thinking and independent analysis. The media reduces politics to a spectator sport, standardized tests teach students to fill in the dots instead of opening their minds, and even the Internet promotes habits that discourage looking deeper.
But the situation isn't hopeless. Schlesinger profiles individuals and institutions renewing the practice of inquiry-particularly in America's youth-at a time when our society demands such activity from us all. Our resilience will depend on our ability to struggle with what we don't know, to live and think outside comfortable bubbles of sameness, and, ultimately, to ask questions.
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781576755853
Branch Call Number: 306.432 SCHLESIN
Characteristics: viii, 254 pages ; 22 cm.


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Aug 11, 2016

I am really skeptical and wary of books along these lines, and equally wary and skeptical of Andrea Batista Schlesinger.
First, at what time have Americans asked the next question, for goodness sakes?
When Ferdinand Lundberg wrote Treason of the People, I believe the date was either the 1950s, or perhaps 1960s?
This has been the case for quite some time, e.g., a movie recently came out covering Dan Rather's godawfully screwed up piece on George Bush missing his ANG meetings, still clueless as to the Real Story: George W. Bush never ever qualified as either an officer, nor a pilot - - end of story!
A whole bunch of people still haven't asked the next question and they are of an age! [How many democrats in Florida in 2000 voted for Bush over Gore? As opposed to the much smaller number who voted for Nader!]


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