Have We Been Sitting Idly By While the Meaning of the Term “Public Education” Has Been Corrupted?

Betsy’s husband Dick Jr laid out the battle plan, calling it a “stealth campaign” in a 2002 speech to the Heritage Foundation. Here’s a 2 minute clip from the nearly hour long address. Frightening. https://youtu.be/H-fTAhc4QC4

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George Lakoff, the cognitive linguist now retired from the University of California at Berkeley, introduced many of us to the idea that metaphoric moral frames shape our political thinking.  Lakoff concludes his 1996 Moral Politics with an epilogue on the problems posed for public discourse when most of us assume we can neutrally discuss public policy.  Instead, explains Lakoff, political language is always laden with moral judgements that remain invisible to most of us  as we listen, speak, or argue. There is no such thing as neutral, objective political dialogue:

“Conservative and liberal political positions are impossible to compare on an issue-by-issue basis.  Instead, understanding a political position on an issue requires fitting it into an unconscious matrix of… morality… There are no neutral concepts and no neutral language for expressing political positions within a moral context…. (N)ews reporting assumes that concepts are literal and nonpartisan. But concepts, and the…

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