Re: Florida1920 If you have to ask
'you can all be winners', 'all opinions are equally valid'
These are different subjects. You can be a winner if you adjust your expectations to your abilities. In the States, unfortunately, winning equates to wealth and power, which is BS. But that subject has been done to death already.
'Equality of opinions' is the losing side's battle cry. We're in a death spiral, though. The emphasis in education here seems to be standardized rote learning, at the expense of critical thinking. Because as soon as criticism enters the picture, you have value judgment that pit opinions against one another.
Now I'll offer an opinion: Rote learning is useful for homogenizing the culture and making compliant citizens. In the end though, the opinions of people in power carry more weight, because they were popularly elected (as if we have a wide spectrum of choices) or they hold certain positions that imply superior knowledge (employed by FNC). The first authorities are parents and teachers. If parents are derelict and teachers are forced to teach to a template, it's not hard to see how we got here and where we're going. </froth>