Teaching against Idiocy

  title={Teaching against Idiocy},
  author={Walter C. Parker},
  journal={Phi Delta Kappan Magazine},
  pages={344 - 351}
  • W. Parker
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Political Science
  • Phi Delta Kappan Magazine
Contemplating the root of the word "idiocy" leads Mr. Parker to explore the challenge that democratic societies face of developing public-minded citizens. The schools, he argues, are the most likely institutions to succeed in that task. IDIOCY IS the scourge of our time and place. Idiocy was a problem for the ancient Greeks, too, for they coined the term. "Idiocy" in its original sense is not what it means to us today -- stupid or mentally deficient. The recent meaning is deservedly and… 

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