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Omnivore's Dilemma Essay

781 words - 4 pages

Homework #1

1. What are the six myths of modern education that Orr identifies in chapter 1? Which of these six myths do you agree with most? Why?

Myth one is that ignorance is a solvable problem that is escapable by the human race. Myth two is that enough knowledge and technology can manage planet earth, it can help change the way we do things each day and change the way us humans affect the earth. Myth three is that knowledge about the problem is increasing. Myth four is that higher education can rebuilt the earth, and rebuild the damages that we have caused to the earth. Myth five is we educate children for more success and mobility only; we are not really preparing them for the ...view middle of the document...

One of the arguments that Orr made that I agree with is that it will damage students sense of wonder, they will be learning very specific, and meaningless lessons in school, that will cause them to spend less time wondering what they wanted to do in the future and it wont allow them to find out who they are. This causes the students to be too stressed out about schoolwork and tests, which will not allow them to explore the world and find out whom they want to be. One of the arguments that I disagreed with was that students would know how to make a living before realizing who they are. There are many people in today’s world that are simply working because they have a family to raise or they need money; no one has their “dream job.” Children will find who they are by the obstacles and experiences they have through tout their life, schooling does not say who a person is and a job doesn’t do that either.

4. In chapter 3 Orr suggests that many universities believe in molding “highly specialized, narrowly focused intellect.” Describe two examples from the chapter of how this has/is...

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