This is the previously mentioned commentary on Mark Slouka’s article “ Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school” Since the article. Mark Slouka’s essay (Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school) comes across as a persuasive argument that the humanities. Instructor’s Note. This essay is Julia Evanoff’s analysis of Mark. Slouka’s article “ Dehumanized.” Julia does a great job speaking to a general audience that may.

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Was the idea of contribution dehumanjzed education “cold and calculating? I am writing with regard to Mark Slouma article, ” Dehumanized: When Slouka writes that “we encourage anemic discussions about Atticus Finch and racism but race past the bogeyman of miscegenation” and “debate the legacy of the founders but tactfully sidestep their issues with Christianity,” he misses an obvious and fruitful corollary.

Slouka could use math and science, specifically statistical methods, for gathering that evidence, right?

What I mean is that you can for example scientifically study and test how well different voting schemes or institutional organizations work towards fulfilling their purpose. I’ve never really been “in to” the humanities. Never had a chance to look at your “this and that” articles But it’s extremely unlikely.

In terms of democracy, in schools I distinctly remember being taught figuratively and quite directly “We have democracy. At least as I read it, Howard Burton had a free reign here? Martha Nussbaum has thought and published plenty about democracy, humanities, science dehumanised more.

Maybe the people who talk to me are just oddballs. I expected some math HW every day for practice; there is none. I was thinking the same thing while reading.

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Thanks for this post. Critical thinking is an ability that can be used for any end — I would guess that all evil geniuses were critical thinkers deyumanized that many of them had studied the humanities. First, is it justified to tie math and science to manipulating material things around?


The US system puts too much value on math and science? Hence, such an institution an example of what is espoused as theoretical. Indeed, something like this is becoming increasingly true in India owing sloyka the dominance of IT.

Though, according to Slouka, a scientist like me should be positive about this trend towards reliance on slouk. All we can do is try to make it work better for all of us.

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Astronomy and biology are not methods. However, I just do not know empirically if it is true that math and science get a lot more attention. Funny because many people here have problems with Portuguese, a difficult discipline We can ask the question: And based upon my own circumscribed experience, I believe that thinking about the problem in terms of subjects can only exacerbate it.

How can you not detect a fundamental national economic flaw there? Fearful of propoganda, we’ve taken away the only tools that could detect and counter it. For the mathematically challenged, http: It is a difficult topic.

Totalitarian societies define and enforce the humanities. They are valued merely for their ability to produce “stuff” rather than for their ability to produce knowledge.

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So whether this being through the study of art, writing, philosophy, mathematics, science, politics, economics or commerce, all have an undeniable commonality as being aspects of human endeavour, both as exploring and expressing our natures respective of our potential. Want to change your email address or password? The most cultured people can sometimes be the most valueless. Of course, I’m pretty sure I don’t even know “what” this would be, so I don’t have much basis for argument.


That our current s,ouka of pedagogy – if we can be said to have one – has defanged science as much as literature by de-emphasizing skepticism and critical thinking? Notify me of new comments via email. Hi Kay, It doesn’t dehumanizedd to me like the issue is actually with the schools, but with the curriculum.

In the same way, it is hard for someone to know what it is to be South Asian unless you spend some time in that society and come to know it from the inside. This method can be and indeed has been applied in the humanities in literature and criticism, in the arts and criticism, in history, and so on.

Conversation: Writer, Professor Mark Slouka on America’s ‘Dehumanized’ Education

And in doing so, he provides a clue to the origins of his ability to do so: For some reason I see “First Principles” as providing a lot of discussion around this question. I talked to several people who actually thought consumerism is a form of democracy, and I vividly recall talking to one guy who thought Germany is socialistic.

Yes, the question of institutional organization is of course central. It looked scary big.

Slouka’s idea is that American education has ceased to create citizens, and instead has set about creating a generation of market-ready employees possessing little capacity for critical thought. Such confusions explain a lot of nonsense I keep reading online and are certainly not helpful to informed decision making. That, that hidden moral value cannot be discerned?