…ung or discouraging intellectual development. The rhetoric of reason and objectivity is everywhere. Yet most classroom instruction at all levels is typically didactic, one-dimensional, and indifferent (if not antithetical) to reason. In most classes, there is little that is sharp, poignant, challenging, and radical. There is little…
I used to lead educational tours in the EU for North American students and frequently observed this with US kids, James.
As a result, they all acted far younger than their EU peers and needed a lot of mollycoddling, which isn’t the European way.
In some cases, I was a little too pragmatic for their liking, encouraging them to be resourceful rather than, well, do everything for them.