Archive for August, 2017

AS THE VITRIOL FOUND AT CHARLOTTSVILLE SUBSIDES, WE MUST RETURN TO REASON

August 17, 2017

Let me first preface this rant with the statement that in no way do I agree with the alt-right movement. I condemn racism and bigotry as the ignorance of a few. I likewise condemn the violence of all congenital philistines who wantonly engage those with whom they fundamentally disagree. I implore, if you begin reading this essay, that you read through the entire text to the end and not otherwise pass judgment. That would be like listening to the nightly lies or reading the headlines of the birdcage liners and accepting the “journalist’s” perverted opinion as fact.

That given, I am not in favor of revising the history of the United States of America or that of the world for political or ideological reasons. There are a lot of things that have been done wrong throughout history just as there are many things that have contributed to the greatness of the civilization we know today. We should leave all references to both sides in place for future generations to study, dialogue and understand.

Public schools today, if they teach any world history at all, tend to promote the sexual preference of Napoleon Bonaparte over the accomplishments of the man as he led the French army in the early 19th century. Likewise for Julius Caesar, a respected and accomplished Roman general and statesman whose political desires and aspirations caused the demise of the Roman Republic and resulted in his own assassination. This also precipitated the rise of the great Roman Empire. Subjective ideological assertions to leaders such as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Hirohito, Mao, Castro and Chavez distort the true accounts of their accomplishments, misdeeds and failures.

Removing or defacing statues, renaming buildings, streets, parks and etc. to reflect the softness of the current times, denies that past ills of the nation ever existed. It does nothing for the actual histories behind the monuments, but simply allows for the revision and distortion of that or those histories. Just as the kids of today cannot understand the meanings or reasons behind wars of America’s past, they will most certainly not understand the struggles of today or yesteryear because of the current portrayals of those events.

In his speech on Tuesday, the president questioned if other tributes to other generals and artifacts would be removed from public view. How far can we go in this world of political correctness? Removing the remnants of societal ills does not remove the repugnance of the times to which they point. It only allows for misrepresentation of those times. I question much of what President Trump says and does, however, on this I believe he agrees with me.

Monument – to remind, advise or warn.

Should we eliminate Mount Rushmore? After all, it depicts four round-eyed white guys…no women, no people of color, no gays, no staunch environmentalists. Two of the four presidents whose likenesses are carved into the Black Hills were slave owners. A third portrait member was a proud and unequivocal racist. Perhaps the removal of the Sewall House/Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument would be in order because it specifically signifies the fight for rights for women. LGBTQ need not apply!

Shall we level the pyramids of Egypt?

This slope is steep and heavily greased. If left to the few anarchists, our history might be extinguished within a few decades.

All sides were to blame for the violence at Charlottesville, and there were many.

As the president stated, the blame for the violence at Charlottesville rests in numerous places and not solely on the shoulders of the despicable alt-right group or groups know as “Unite the Right” white nationalists, white supremacists,KKK or any other ignorant and insane bigots associated with that rally.

However, agree or disagree with their philosophy, they lawfully drew a permit to assemble in a public square. Left to their own, there would have been perhaps 500 sick minded people protesting among themselves about the demerits of removing a 97 year old monument. There would have been no feuding, just bigoted pontification unheard by anybody of respect. There would be no one to blame because there would be no conflict.

If there is to be blame, it would lie in four categories: The office of the mayor (Michael Singer), the governor of Virginia (Terry McAuliffe) and the voracious media that covered and exacerbated the events with their presence and endless repetition of the violence and mayhem. Additionally, if there were no armed and angered counter-protesters allowed in the vicinity, there would have been no murder and terrorism by car.

The first, and arguably the greatest responsibility for the chaos and problems of the day is Mayor Michael Singer and the city offices under his jurisdiction. Allowing two highly excitable, volatile and diametrical factions permits within proximity, on the same day and at the same times invited conflict. Calling for a police stand down when engagement began was perhaps the second most foolish act for any public official, especially after they had observed counter-protesters with armor, weapons and desire for battle.

Next in line but certainly not of tertiary responsibility would be the counter-protesters themselves. This collective was made up of various groups (as Bogie might say, “the usual suspects”) known for violence and destruction. The resistance, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and related groups have even called for and been indicted for violence at their rallies and the brutal and senseless killing of police officers. These cliques are as far out of the mainstream and at least as hateful and dangerous as are the white nationalists. Many members of these groups have been arrested or have arrest warrants against them for causing bodily injury to others, domestic terrorism and property destruction.

Again, I admonish the deplorable thoughts, words and actions of the ignorant racist bigots known as white nationalists or white supremacists and any hate filled morons. However, I don’t believe there is logic in holding them solely accountable for the actions of last Saturday just because they exist.

SEEKING THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR

August 7, 2017

According to a 2010 study by Columbia University, remedial math courses are necessary for students entering community colleges. The study states that nearly 50% of freshman students are not proficient in math and must catch up in order to participate in a regular curriculum.

Causally referred to as 13th grade, the courses for freshman year are costly and time consuming for those who wish to graduate within reasonable time. But, guhuck,…unqualified students can say they is in college. This here is edacashun in the twenny oneth senchery.

Don’t require participation or completion of assignments in grade and high school, just pass the students for attending classes. In some cases, students are even paid for stopping by the school during regular class time. <link>

For those who do show up regularly on their own, give them grades that make them feel good about themselves. Everyone is at the top of the class.

This is nothing new. I have made my feelings about our schools and “presence promotion” known previously and often. <link>

Now, for those who cannot understand or choose not to participate in mathematics enlightenment, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California Community Colleges is willing to do away with algebra as a graduation requirement. He says it is a civil rights issue that disproportionately plagues low income Americans. His own words, “If you think about all the underemployed or unemployed Americans in this country who cannot connect to a job in this economy — which is unforgiving of those students who don’t have a credential — the biggest barrier for them is this algebra requirement. It’s what has kept them from achieving a credential.”

Okay, so now the uneducated individual has a credential and gets a job? How long will that person last if he or she doesn’t have the knowledge required for the position or is too lazy to learn the position because of his or her training by the system?

According to the Pew Research Center, the United States is dropping lower and lower in the rankings against other world countries. Students primarily educated in Asian countries perform far better and generally rank in the top 5-10 worldwide. <link>

Some four year colleges are now limiting the number of Asian students. Could this be due to the fact that some cultures still encourage personal responsibility and emphasize the need for education and knowledge over social equality? Could it be that those people who believe in hard work and self discipline are changing the arch of the bell curve to cause more sub-par or failing grades among our coddled youth?

Since the majority of our offspring do so poorly in all three fundamental groups (math, science and reading) why do we even bother spending valuable taxpayer money or class time on the lazy urchins with these now outdated subjects? By doing away with such unnecessary studies as U.S. and world history, English, geography, math, biology, etc. there would be so much more time for the pertinent and requisite studies of the day that will help them be successful and prosper. Gender reassignment, multi-sexual enlightenment, race baiting relations, claiming cultural offense and peaceful protest through aggression and the use of weapons are sure to make life better for all.

Oh, yeah, one course that must be taught in our public schools is how to demand that someone else properly fill out the application for complete government life subsidy. Then the kids will qualify for a diploma (that they cannot read). After the ceremony, the graduating class can then stroll down the hall, certificate in hand, to the embedded government office and get an early start on a subservient life by applying for public assistance. That way they can avoid the embarrassment of being unqualified to flip hamburgers, wash linen or pick up trash in the parkways of life.