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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This is an hypothesis but it cannot be rejected out of hand.

At worst, he is shitting on those who could and should be his staunchest allies. That is the central point he is making and it is well supported. I think maths and science are more like methods.

But perhaps I should stop ranting now This is especially dehumaniized when one sloula considering broad categories like the humanities and the sciences. It seems reasonable to argue that education does not lead; it follows and adapts itself maro the needs of production — in actuality to the needs of the ruling elites who control the means of production and also the institutions of education for that matter.

Dehhumanized to come up with a quick response and unwilling to petition for a change of venue, I ducked into low-grade irony. Despite a few tossed-off caveats to the contrary, Slouka seems out to convince us that the humanities are the only possible incubators of critical thought.

Wednesday, March 10, Thoughts on “Dehumanized”. The more egalitarian an occupation structure, the less severe are the perceived penalties for not coming out on top. Should we differentiate between being literate and being educated by saying that the literate have knowledge but do not distinguish between its positive or negative use, while the educated understand how to use knowledge positively?

Education: A Critique of Mark Slouka | TheSouthAsianIdea Weblog

Recently, philosophy has been included in the curriculum, my 12 yo son is learning about Socrates, Plato, etc, something I didn’t.


That is why, for example, most scientists are dehumanizex atheists. Any of us can find this happening within ourselves. I think of knowledge as more unified, which means that Slouka’s criticisms ought to apply to all of education, not just the “humanities. I agree with Arun partly that there does not seem to be any proper argument for the case that math and science dominate our thinking.

It cannot be stopped. I grew up in a family who made their living in the arts. You should go read “Dehumanized: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I think a society formed according to Slouka’s fears would idolize technology and kill science. Maybe no one has gone to jail for espousing the wrong value of Hubble’s constant, but I do remember hearing a story about a guy named Galileo who got into trouble for supporting the ‘wrong’ astronomical theory.

Labels books 6 cats 1 colorado 1 crafts 1 cs 4 cville 3 deep thoughts 16 diary 4 google 8 helpful 1 hiking 1 links 7 linux 5 math 52 misc 38 mkm 1 movies 4 music 1 oauth 1 olpc 10 origami 7 personal 10 program 7 python 1 r? Our world changes then. Though, according to Slouka, a scientist like me should be positive about this trend towards reliance on metrics.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Article dehumabized From the July issue. High schools in my area didn’t even teach calculus- and this is in the shadow of a city, often considered by other parts of the US a “highly educated area” which is a nice complement, to be sure, but far from the truth. There are some excellent, expensive, private schools, though. No one with a liberal arts mindset and education would hold such narrow and vacuous opinions.

History as an academic discipline discovers and recounts events, but seldom explains them. He’s talking about a decline in the educational system according to what he perceives as barren to him. But I can tell you there is a definite focus on all things American geography and history in the most ridiculous detail, while the world history or geography are decidedly on the back burner.


The following is an open letter to Harpers’ Magazine. The fact that the dehumanizef is persuasive should be no surprise — Slouka is a professor of English and he employs the art of rhetoric at its dehumnaized. Many features on this website require JavaScript.

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

I would also wager that he skimped on history, foreign languages, music, or just about anything other than English. The problem is tricky to pin down – good educations are all alike, but every bad education is bad in its own way. It has never been, and I hope it never will be for it would be a disaster. The sciences, to push the point a bit, produce people who study things, and who can therefore, presumably, make or fix or improve these things.

Nor can humanities be equated to ends and purposes — they pertain to the study of the human condition. One can see how the caste system combined with a exam based education system combined with excess emphasis on math and science has lead to an often undemocratic middle class in democratic India. 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.

The process of knowledge discovery in science is not democratic. But do the letters that literary critics write to one another—I believe they are referred to as publications—have any larger value than getting tenure or the next grant from an endowment?

However, there is also a sense in which Vinod seems to be right. It is a difficult topic.