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CULTURAL MEMES OF EDUCATIONAL FUNDING

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this work is to write a paper which will incorporate the memes concept from Dawkins and the education-funding concept from Kozol and to identify the cultural memes that would have to be altered in order for Kozol's solution ***** be accepted. Th***** work ***** further look at an approach to funding education as a paradigm and analyze the problem ***** a ***** including the educ*****tion and memes paradigms embedded in the overall *****.

STATEMENT OF THESIS

There is a memes existing in today's society regarding education that is deeply entrenched in American thought concern*****g the quality of educational provision in ***** United States. This memes is simply the belief that educational ***** is equal to all children, in all schools, and that all children has the same potential successful ***** outcomes because that ***** how it is done in the United *****. Th***** *****ever, could not be further from the truth ***** that is specific*****y what the follow*****g research examines.

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This ***** examines Dawkins proposed "selfish gene" and ***** work of Kozol who relates ***** a cultural memes is inevitably woven within the very structure of today's educational system - indeed a w*****y of thinking and perceiving that is so ***** ***** ***** it will require purposeful and cogn*****ive focus toward reprogramming this factually digressive and pervasive ***** ***** education in the ***** States.

I. CULTURAL ***** DEFINED

The work of John S. Wilkins entitled: "What's In A Meme? Reflections From The Perspective Of ***** History *****nd Philo*****phy Of Evolutionary Biology" states that the fundamental concept "of memetics is the meme ***** the unit of cultural evolution ***** selection. This term is unclear in its mean*****g and what it denotes, and the application of evolution to culture is often based on a p*****rtial or even m*****taken notion of the general structure ***** evolutionary explanation." (1998) Memes are defined specifically as "an information pattern, held in an individual's memory, which is capable of being copied ***** ********** individual's memory." (Heylighen, 2001) Memetics ***** defined as: "the theoretical and empirical science that studies the spread and evolution ***** memes." (Heylighen, 2001) ***** states that "...cultural evolution, including ***** ***** of knowledge, can be modeled through the ***** basic principles ***** variation ***** selection ***** underly biological evolution. This implies a shift from genes ********** units of biological ***** to a new type of units of cultural information: memes." (2001) Heylighen fur*****r informs this study that a meme is *****:."..a cognitive or behavioral pattern that ***** be transmitted from one individual to another one. Since the ***** who transmitted the meme will continue to carry it, the transm*****sion can be interpreted as a replic*****tion: a copy of the ***** is m*****de in the ***** ***** another individual, making him or her into a c*****rrier of the meme. This process ***** self-reproduction (the memetic life-cycle), leading to spreading over a growing group of individu*****ls, defines the meme as a replicator, similar in ***** respect

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