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55 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 July 2007 05:45PM

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Comment author: TGGP3 17 July 2007 07:21:26PM 1 point [-]

floccina, perhaps the real purpose of schools is sorting. Perhaps the idea that children must be formed into educated people by schools is just part of Pinker's "nurture assumption". Schools have an incentive to promote that assumption, as it gives them more reason to exist. However, if they don't actually know how to educate children (and as you note, it is hard to test whether they actually teach), why would we expect them to?