Nothing deep or insightful tonight, as I'm all written out; instead, here's an excerpt from one of my favorite comics, Calvin and Hobbes :
Nevermind -- gotta get in one more quip: this, my friends, sums up the education system quite nicely.
Second, here's a trailer of another one of those eye-opening documentaries that I like so much, this one talking about the processes of natural gas extraction in the US:
A commenter raised the issue of bias in documentaries: this is indeed true. Bias exists in all media, news outlets, and, at in the highest level, in the upper echelons of legislation and politics (e.g., lobbyists). The importance of documentaries, I feel, come from their ability to present information from a perspective we may not be intuitively aware of. The important thing is for us to consider this perspective and reach our own conclusions on its validity. Even then, documentaries (in the video, 1:17 - 1:19ish shows a brief overhead view of the extent of the sprawl of the natural gas mining operations in the mid-west. In the full video, it shows a map of one of the counties, which were near-completely marked. This alone was enough to stop and make me think). Anyway, this is a good one. Enjoy.