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EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN

November 6, 2019

In the very true and forthright words of Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos: “Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future. The results are, frankly, devastating.” She continued, “This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students,” she added.

The “game changing” Obama legacy initiative known as Common Core that was introduced by former Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has failed every child subjected to the system. A study by NEAP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) over a 7 year period (2010-2017) showed that Common Core teaching methods produced significant negative effects on 4th graders’ reading achievement and 8th graders’ math achievement. The study also showed that the negative effects tend to increase over time!

While academic scores continue to drop precipitously, the kids in K-12 public schools are learning the benefits of transgenderism, oral and anal sex for pregnancy prevention, gender confusion is one staple on which you can rely, protesting elevates celebrity, victimhood is the road to success and blaming white men for your failure is better than working to improve your station in life. They are not learning math, science, reading, English, world history, geography and civics to an extent that will benefit them in their lives beyond high school.

While some people want to throw more money at our failing public schools to continue the practice of indoctrinating over educating, others are seeking choice for students and caring parents. Granted, charter schools and home schooling take money from the public schools coffer, but they do teach the tools that help our youth become productive members of our society. Students of alternate schools must actually learn, accomplish and verify their knowledge rather than simply attend classes to pass and graduate.

Both traditional public schools and charter schools are funded through state and local tax dollars and enjoy tax exempt donations. The traditional schools also receive funding from the federal government. Home schooling via voucher receives federal money and charitable donations through community service organizations. Charter schools and home schooling are therefore forced to economically provide the educational services. Public schools, as with most government agencies, rely on myriad administrative levels absorbing the funding before the much much needed dollars ever meet the classroom.

The goal of education should be the benefit to the children, not the physical plant from which that education in meted. The cost of education should, and must, be commensurate with the value received by each and every student and the immediate or adjacent economic surroundings must be irrelevant.

As the national debt grows through unchecked deficit spending on unnecessary pork laden special interest projects and election reversal, it shows only that government inefficiency, graft and corruption is destroying our country and the future of its citizens. Education must be restored and enhanced for equitable prosperity and longevity.

PAID EDUCATION

July 31, 2012

Here’s how Obama and the radical Dems accomplish his goals.  Youth employment is up in D.C. this summer before the election.  High school drop out rate is down in the same area during the same period.

“The District is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The rising ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the “Summer Bridge” program, which targets students identified by D.C. Public Schools as less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years.”

Examining this article with a critical eye we see that students, paid to attend classes that they are almost guaranteed to pass just by showing up, receive a degree that has no meaning because there is no education behind it.  The school and the summer “work” program being paid by the few remaining taxpayers of the country.

The underlying theme teaches that it is possible to receive money from the government for doing what should come naturally.  Hey, that’s a prelude into receiving Welfare and having more babies if they aren’t already.  They graduate expecting to get a job that pays a handsome wage for punching in on time and staying for the entire shift because that’s the training received from the public education system.

If it doesn’t work out to their liking, they can demand unemployment benefits (if they lasted on the job long enough) or Welfare.  If both of those scams fail, they can always claim that they were injured on the job (mental, emotional or physical distress caused by being expected to produce) and draw disability insurance.

It’s the way of the future – take taxpayer money for laziness or incompetence and complain that someone else got rich by working hard.  Ah, life in the 21st century under radical redistributionists.

BTW, the federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr.  Is this youth exploitation?  Is this turning us into a country like China, Indonesia or Pakistan?

CALIFORNIA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM

May 11, 2012

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help myself when I read that 22 percent of California’s eighth-graders tested on a national science test passed, ranking the Golden State 47th in the nation.

The state’s public educated students did, however, receive the highest (98.72%) score on gender identity and transgender mobility.

Students, both male and female, showed inordinate skill and ability opening and applying school provided condoms on fellow classmates while blindfolded.

They received ranked #2 in tree hugging.

Math and English were in the bottom 2 percentile for the 48 continental states (that would be 56 according to our current President).

Selected study groups collaborated for up to ten minutes over a map of the United States before identifying what they believed to be the state of Utah.

They also made it into the top 10 with ecological and environmental awareness, tempered only by their love of cigarettes.

Intolerance for any views other than their own won them a rating of super-liberal.

Awareness of what their life will be under a global socialist government and Sharia law ranked at the bottom of the barrel.

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

February 7, 2012

How does the government spend your tax dollars to educate your child?  I have blogged over and over that more money could be spent on the political and social indoctrination education of our kids if it weren’t for the multiple levels of administration.

I swear I could not make this stuff up if I wanted to.  An article from L.A. Times online revealed the truth for all to see.  “One of the largest elementary schools in the nation, Miramonte has about 1,500 students and a teaching and administrative staff of about 150”.

Given that the maximum allowable class size is 30 students per teacher, this reveals to me that the school might be somewhat admin heavy.  By dividing the 1,500 students by the maximum allowable class size requires 50 teachers.  And, given the article states there are about “150 teaching and administrative staff”, that breaks down to about 100 school overlords.

Any private enterprise that had two managers for every worker bee would either be: (a) illegal or (b) in business for about a week, or both.

It is imperative to soak the rich for more of their earned money to fund more of these highly efficient government programs.

SOTU 1-24-2012

January 25, 2012

Multiple witnesses to any event will see the same situation entirely different.  We will tend to interject our own views and perceptions to make the situation more real and accommodating to our inherent beliefs.  We will selectively see and hear what we want and what agrees with what we already know.

Pundits viewing last night’s SOTU address from the left heard the hope for change that they wanted to believe this President is capable of effecting.  Those from the right heard more lies and purposefully misleading statements causing them to believe the speech was little more than a televised campaign stump speech.

I watched the presentation and couldn’t help laughing nervously as I heard the truth, lies, and interpolated facts offered.  President Obama said that he was going to make government more efficient; shortly thereafter he noted the need for creating a new bureaucracy called the Trade Enforcement Agency.  He offered to centralize unemployment with a government run website.  He offered to consolidate federal bureaucracies with a “new unit”.  (I heard that to mean more employees for another inefficient federal bureaucracy like Homeland Security…but that’s just me).

He said in order to restore American superiority in science and technology, we may have to offer incentives to foreigners.  He made no mention of returning the current school system from the social, ecological and political indoctrination centers they have become to facilities for teaching science, math, world and U.S. geography and history.

To be sure the indoctrination has a firm hold, he suggested a bill to make all public education draftees stay under the influence of the government until they graduate or turn eighteen.  Combined with earlier proposals for mandated pre-school, that would give the government mind control over our children for the early formative years through what would normally be the development of independent thought.

Continuing on the education front, he also projected that there should be incentives to retain teachers and reward the best ones.  As a caveat he suggested the removal of the bad ones.  (With his love of strong unions, I doubt that any bad teachers will be identified.  It could happen, I suppose, if one was to teach the Constitution or express an opinion other than liberal progressive).

I also happened to notice his expression of need to rebuild the transportation infrastructure and create jobs in the construction industry.  I waited to hear him announce the billions of dollars in recent contracts for building or rebuilding bridges, but that didn’t happen.  Specifically, I am talking about those which were awarded to Chinese national companies who supply imported Chinese labor.  http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/us-bridges-roads-built-chinese-firms-14594513?tab=9482930?ion=1206853&playlist=14594944  Once again, this administration has taken borrowed American dollars to pay foreign workers or foreign countries for American projects at the expense of unemployed or underemployed American workers.

So, that’s what I saw and heard, what about you?