Saturday, May 27, 2006

The abysmal failure of the US (and increasingly whole Western) educational system

Here is Fabian Pascal in fine grumpy form as usual, berating the IT industry for its inability to think straight:

As I keep saying: the abysmal failure of the US (and increasingly whole Western) educational system is not only that it produces arrogant ignorance, but also inability to reason.

While we're bemoaning the state of Western education, perhaps it's worth pointing out that the sentence doesn't quite make sense.

Notice that it mentions two particular aspects of the US (and increasingly whole Western) educational system, in the form "not only x, but also y". In other words, one failure of the system is that "it produces arrogant ignorance". Another failure of the system is "inability to reason". However, he probably didn't mean that the system has an inability to reason. What he probably meant was that it produced an inability to reason, or to construct coherent sentences while bemoaning the state of Western education. In other words,

As I keep saying: the abysmal failure of the US (and increasingly whole Western) educational system is that it produces not only arrogant ignorance, but also inability to reason.

1 comment:

Don Lewis said...

I am enormously grateful to Fabian Pascal for bringing to the attention of the world the terrible plight of the human species.... not!

From his nutty, cracked, wearying, and plain trashy site, one could be forgiven for believing that every database in every business, nuclear silo, hospital, biological warfare research installation, etc., was both programmmed and manned by retards having, combined, the mental ability of a corn dolly.

Does Mr. Pascal suffer from piles? I can only think that he must do: his rantings and wailings hint strongly at a very sore arse.