Oh man do I have a lot to say about our education system and not enough time to say it right now.
I have to agree with first, on most of your points Scott.
They really aren't teaching anything besides math and english that will really help you once you graduate. Rarely do you ever get taught:
-logic and how to think
-how to deal with people in The Real World™
-relationships (friends, family, and lovers)
-taxes (who the hell knows how to do taxes out of highschool, and you deal with it the rest of your life)
-large purchases, houses, cars, loans, mortages, etc
Now granted you learn a lot acedemics, like sciences and history, and those are great to know, but most of it you don't need to live your life successful. I do feel as these things should be touch upon, in a much general way, then if the student is particularly interested in one, they can study it further. Of course there has to be a degree of learning basics and things they don't like, but come on, be usefull! I don't remember half of the stuff I learned, and 3/4 of it I won't use the rest of my life.
I think a lot of things Steve touches on should be taught as well. It should be taught and discussed, not forced. If somebody doesn't agree, fine, but it's out there if they do. Things like this I think are so much more useful in The Real World™.
We can all assume, like Scott said, they're just hurding us like cattle. The less we think for ourselves, and the more we just go along, the easier it for "them" to control us. The more people who are living day to day doing the same old thing, the more "they" can be better off. The more people that are poor, the more rich the rich get. It deals a lot with Steve's recent awakening post, slowly people are starting to wake up. Now I'm not a conspericy theorist or whatnot, but it's obvious on a basic level, it's how our society and government opperates.
Okay, that's it for now. Thoughts? Opinions?