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[Xmca-l] Re: The most, the best educated and the most dangerous



Thank you very much Ed.

6 Mar 2017 20:20 tarihinde "Edward Wall" <ewall@umich.edu> yazdı:

> Ulvi
>
>      I have thought about your question and read what others have offered.
> Here are some thoughts
>
>      In most societies a purpose of education is to inculcate societal
> norms and. hence, in is not surprising that some of the better exemplars
> are those who place themselves on the side of the dominant class. However,
> those that often rise those critical decision points you mention are not
> necessarily the best educated. They are, what one might term, well
> educated. That is, they go to the ‘right’ schools, know the ‘right’
> [people, wear the ‘right’ clothes, eat the ‘right’ food. They often
> display, as Detienne and Vernant put it, "mental attitudes and intellectual
> behavior which combine flair, wisdom, forethought, subtlety of mind,
> deception, resourcefulness, vigilance, opportunism, various skills, and
> experience acquired over the years. That is, they display what the Greeks
> termed metis or cunning; Odysseys being the exemplar.
>
>     Metis, I happen to think (from the viewpoint of a teacher), is a very
> interesting and troubling trait.
>
> Ed
>
>
>
> > On Mar 4, 2017, at  1:41 PM, Ulvi İçil <ulvi.icil@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Well, given that education is a class issue in capitalist society, any
> > society,
> > that the best most educated are placing themselves en masse on the side
> of
> > the dominant class
> >
> > can we think that the most "educated" and also the "best" educated are
> > at the same time the most dangerous people for the humanity
> >
> > because they are located at the most critical decision-making points
> > of a social order.
> >
> > Well,  this can be a really trivial issue but since I could not meet it
> in
> > my country's intellectual life,communist and non communist, I needed to
> ask
> > it for world experience.
> >
> > It seems that the best educated seem to be en masse the most dangerous
> ones
> > to initiate wars etc whereas the least educated formally but the best
> > self-educated via working class instititutions seem to be the most
> > emancipatory and in fact best educated people in the real sense of the
> > world (e.g. José Marti)
> >
> > Erdogan is obviously not the most educated in my country, Turkey, nor was
> > Hitler nor Bush.
> >
> > But Obama, Clinton, Hollande, Javier Solana (who destroyed Yugoslavia
> with
> > Nato bombing) Merkel were and all well educated...and quite dangerous.
> >
> > I was really surprised to the self- gathered conscience of one of my
> > friends when he stated that Hillary Clinton was a very dangerous woman.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Ulvi
>
>
>