Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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.

PUBLIC EDUCATION OR GLOBALIST INCUBATION CENTERS

January 31, 2017

Over the last few decades, the state-run indoctrination centers have seemingly lost all focus on education. Instead, they concentrate on social issues.  Gender identity, climate variance and diversity are prominent.

However, as core academic scores drop the government continues to take over your rights and usurps the authority for raising your children. Oh, you still remain the responsible party when something goes wrong. They just want complete jurisdiction over instilling a radical leftist viewpoint into the malleable minds of your offspring. They foster incubation facilities for social collectivism that demand governmental authority over child raising. <link>

Thanks to progressives pushing their communal association plans, kids of the U.S. today have less chance of success than ever before. The American Dream is now ascension to mediocrity.

According to a 2012 National Center for Education Statistics report (the most recent found), math scores for the U.S. dropped from 25th to 31st among developed nations since 2009; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading. We now rank #1 in gender diversity education, though.

Even Portugal (a socialist dominated political and economic system), expects more parental participation. Recently, one school principal posted the following in the hallways.

Dear parents

  • We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home.
  • It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.
  • Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.
  • Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
  • Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

I guess they’ve learned that some things are better handled at home.  Doing away with the over-lording and abysmal failure known as the Department of Education is a first step.  Returning supervision of education to local districts with direct input from parents might be a second step.  Competition in the form of school choice could also help those students who want to learn.

As with so many things, decentralizing massive bureaucratic authorities in favor of localized responsibility and control is the proper direction to making America great again.

WEAVING TANGLED WEBS

September 12, 2015

Trying to follow decisions made by different courts around the land is difficult for the average person and impossible to to understand how judgements are made. Activist judges on all levels (lower courts, state supreme courts, federal circuit courts and finally the Supreme Court of the nation) continue to invoke unconstitutional interpolations to the Constitution of the United States of America for the sole purpose of making laws rather than clarifying them.

Here’s a simple headline: The Washington Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools are Unconstitutional.
Reading the story, one finds that the “decision” questions the constitutionality of taking taxpayer money and giving it to private enterprises. The premise for this is that using taxpayer money to actually educate children rather than running them through public indoctrination centers is not a proper use. The money, once it is in the hands of corrupt government disbursement agents, must remain within the system of corruption. It can only be used within, by and for the purposes of direct government influence. That’s what this decision says to me.

Howwever, it is nothing more than another blatant example of liberal interpretation to suit a unique situation without regard for how taxpayer money is normally used as a whole.  The decision conveniently ignores the fact that the Army Corps of Engineers are not the one’s contracted to build any of the influential centers that fail to educate our kids. Instead, it is private contractors such as Fluor or Ledcor or Lusardi who use the taxpayer money to do such.

Using the school system alone to make fools out of the Washington State Supreme Court, one could take any of the purveyors for any school district.

Antithesis #1.
Are the books that convert our kids’ minds from normal to liberal written, printed, bound and sold by employees on the government payroll? Almost, but not really.

Antithesis#2: Are the meals provided to the youngsters while on the institutional grounds raised, planted, cultivated, cropped, butchered and sold by the overpaid tax usurpers? Not at all, that’s work Americans refuse to do…or so I’m told.

So, with this layman’s reading of the decision, how is it unconsititutional for our children to get a balanced education using taxpayer money?  Why must our youth be chained to a highly influenced liberal indoctrination center?

Apparently, if liberals lose control of the easily influenced minds of tomorrow’s generation before they are able to form reasoned thoughts for themselves, it poses a threat to the domination philosophy. Therefore, all counter arguments derived using logic must be summarily dismissed and replaced by what “feels” right or what most appeals to the liberal doctrine.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we attempt to parse well defined words in order to continue enslaving the masses.

THE NEXT GENERATION

July 15, 2013

Currently, our public schools fail in basic education.  They do a stellar job of socially engineering and politically indoctrinating of our kids, but they fail to educate and prepare them for productive lives.

The same people who refuse school vouchers and deny home schooling are trying to force a higher minimum wage.  Young adults leave high school with insufficient knowledge of math, English and academics in general, personal responsibility, work ethic or the benefits of self-reliance.  A “living wage” for doing an unskilled menial and repetitive task is the only way for the undereducated to survive.

Upon graduation, however, they do know how to cry foul and blame others for their failures.  They cannot compete, yet demand unearned respect and rapid advancement.  For twelve or thirteen years, they receive passing grades for doing substandard work resulting from little effort. Inadequate is sufficient.

Of course, higher wages mean finished products cost more necessitating a higher wage to accommodate the new cost of living.  If progressives continue to control the collection and distribution of taxes, knowledge and education may not be necessary in tomorrow’s world.  Everybody, except for the ruling class, will be equal and trudge through life accepting government subsidies.

Progressives now want to begin the indoctrination process as soon as infants are potty trained. They will even take over that process if it will speed their ultimately dictatorial agenda of a One World Government. To achieve that goal, they must first have complete control of their subjects’ minds.

Please take the time to watch the first three minutes of the linked video. http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/page/11792.html   It illustrates how marketing (for food products) trains the compliant minds of preteen children to unquestionably accept and adjust to directed presentation.  This is the same method used by liberal teachers in our schools today.

Two particularly pertinent statements caused alarm when I watched this.  They are, “Young children cannot comprehend how advertising is manipulating them”, and “Children cannot be expected to exercise critical thinking or personal responsibility about food choice until they are quite a bit older.  The exact age is a matter of some research debate, but eight-year-olds certainly fall below it.”

Are you still sure that public education is the proper way for your children, grandchildren and future generations?  Perhaps if we just pour more money into the public school system…?

IT’S A FUNDING PROBLEM

March 9, 2013

It’s not a teaching problem; it’s a lack of funding.

According to a report from New York’s CBS-2 news, eighty percent of students graduating from New York City high schools remedial reading program, can’t read.

At a taxpayer expense of $18,800 per student per year, (47% above the national average) the kids of New York are doomed to a life of flipping burgers.  The good news is that progressives want to raise the minimum wage so that poverty is more acceptable than the food prepared by the undereducated populace.

There’s more good news, too.  For those who want to break out of the life to which they have been sentenced by the lower public school echelon, the City University of New York (CUNY) offers a low-cost English immersion program for those who can’t read their recently awarded high school diploma.  Recognizing the problem, the CUNY class is guaranteed to bring reading skills to a level where the high school graduates can read and understand the “HOT” warning on a coffee maker.  Then they will be prepared to move on and become PPACA doctors.

It’s almost like a Ronco commercial…”And, if you act now, we’ll throw in a complete education for only a small fee.  You just pick up the voucher from your local Welfare office”.

I have to question the system.  How is CUNY able to take kids with twelve years of public school education who cannot read ‘Fun With Dick and Jane’ and turn them into Tolstoy scholars in nine weeks?  If CUNY can actually bring up the reading skills in a short period, why isn’t the same method used in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade?

A possible answer to my own question might be:  The tenured union teachers take time from instilling knowledge of math, English, reading and history to teach the students how to put condoms on cucumbers and how stealing from the wealthy is commendable.  Nah, that’s too simple.

Double the funding for public schools, it’s the only way for kids to learn.  It hasn’t worked in the past, but certainly it will now.