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What did Bradbury get right or wrong with his predictions of education in Fahrenheit 451?

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bleubox | Student, Grade 11

Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM via web

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What did Bradbury get right or wrong with his predictions of education in Fahrenheit 451?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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Bradbury was correct in how truncated everything has become, but people are not as completely isolated as he described.

When Faber describes what has happened to education and humanity, he describes a process of books getting more and more summarized.

Do you see? Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more. (Part I)

People watch television constantly, drive fast, and never have conversations.

Education is described as completely industrial.  At one point, one of Mildred’s friends says she leaves her kid at school most of the time and occasionally

"School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?" (Part I)

As Clarisse says, no one stops to talk.  School is very technical, and there is very little interaction between people even there.  It seems that no one reads, and there are no liberal arts programs in universities.  There are only technical schools.

Bradbury was correct in that there has been more of an emphasis on technical education, nonfiction, and fact these days.  Social networking has created a world where he pretend to connect and are really in isolation.  We do spend more time watching televison than talking.

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