Posts Tagged ‘Education?’

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.

ARE LIBERALS ANGRY BECAUSE THEY’RE LIBERAL?

March 27, 2017

It’s hard to tell which came first, the anger or the self immersion in a flawed doctrine. In either case, we find that people with liberal tendencies are easily angered to the point of violence. No, this is not an exclusive or definitive statement. And yes, I’m sure any liberal minded person can find anecdotal evidence showing that some conservatives also get mad. In general, however, it is the liberals who find themselves unable to verbally justify their feelings and anger themselves with the lack of such ability. They also lean toward physical expression, aka violence, when they don’t get their way. Note the demonstrations riots in Ferguson, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Charlotte and many other bastions of liberalism. Be aware of the anti-Trump rallies vs. Tea Party gatherings.

Another corollary is the less education and/or lower intellect an individual has the greater the tendency toward liberalism. Also, less education breeds a propensity toward violence to resolve conflicts. (redundancy noted) The latter subset tends to gather in cliques (sometimes called clubs) to defend themselves against the world at large. For the outsiders, the nomenclature is gangs.

Removed from the formula are people with IQs of less than 65 for whom learning ability is limited. These people tend to be the happiest because they are not involved, unaware and generally under regular, if not constant, care. This societal division needs only to have basic life necessities and some minor wants met. When thus satisfied, there is a state of euphoria. However, tantrums and rampage are also their alternatives when wants are not satisfied.

Democrats want to limit education choice to indoctrination centers public institutions where learning is directed from history to “new history” and reading assignments are restricted to works that promote liberal, Marxist and socialist ideologies. It is difficult if not impossible to instill education into the minds of despondent care-for-naughts. Thus, our public schools teach to the level of the less capable rather than asking them to work and apply innate abilities or potential to the maximum. Doing this enables those without will or drive to be “equal” to those who do want to learn. To be liked and wanted, they bend towards the warmth of the collective. The concept holds back the best of our youth while catering to or sanctioning behavior of all else.

Here is where the anger begins. Complacency in the classroom translates directly to low work ethic and to boredom. The acceptance of mediocrity begets low will and drive. Desire for betterment is a human nature and cannot be subdued. Desire without drive while expecting equality or supremacy without effort breeds anger. That anger translates into crowd or gang mentality and associated violence ensues.

The government under-educated but indoctrinated youth of today expect “a living wage” without the skills, knowledge or work ethic that is required for survival. Their upbringing by government sponsored authority figures (teachers) supposes upward mobility simply for being.

Flipping burgers, product production and assembly lines are rote performance and people are easily and economically replaced by robotics. Today’s technology leaves the lesser educated unqualified and at a significant and growing disadvantage. Having slacked their way through the education system from kindergarten to high school graduation, the ill prepared now want a free ride through the college system. They expect it, they believe they merit it FREE because of all that has been given them to that point.

Studies show that fully 1/3 of the current junior college freshmen students require remedial classes in the basics they should not have passed in high school. To carry this a step further, teachers in the New York public education system may not be required to pass a 12th grade reading test. The literacy test raised alarms because just 46 percent of Hispanic test takers and 41 percent of black test takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates. While a federal judge ruled in 2015 that the test was not discriminatory, faculty members say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic.

When only 64% of those charged with increasing the knowledge of students, be they white European, Hispanic, Asian or Arabic can pass a test designed for high school seniors, it seems to me that we need better educated teachers.

“Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” offered a Pace University professor of education. When 36% of the college educated white teachers do not have the literacy skills expected of a high school senior, but they show best of class, it is racial discrimination. So here we have a professor of education who advocates for lower standards of education for the very authorities to whom we entrust our children. The justification? Race. Race is the wild card for anything a liberal cannot defend with reason.

One has to wonder about the academic score for this “professor of education”.

So, next time you encounter an person of undue anger and hostility, please remember he or she is probably a product of limited education and or mental capacity – no matter what degree that person flaunts.

As the late Paul Harvey might say, “NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY”.

 

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.

THE MONTAGE

July 3, 2016

Things are happening so fast now that I cannot keep up with writing about it all. My daily life interferes with what I would like to do…write The Morning Rant. This week will offer a series of abbreviated or unfinished rants as I try catching up. I simply have to clear my thought tablet.

Here we go.

WHITE PRIVILEGE? I THINK NOT

I keep hearing about white privilege. It may have been true a decade or five ago, and it might be so in certain pockets of the nation but it is no longer encompassing. Those who whine about white privilege, don’t have a clue and refuse to acknowledge the truth. In today’s world, the people with the least privilege are white, Christian, heterosexual, middle-class, working, male, U.S. citizens. Women of the same categories are right behind. All others get to reap the fruits of the above listed.

SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE

“Say goodnight, Gracie” was a great old line from the George Burns acts. It was part of the vaudeville act that was carried over to a TV program. Today, neither he nor anybody could get it past the P.C. boys and girls (even the terms boys and girls have taken a battering today).

It was comedy. It was fun. Nobody was offended because there was no special class for the comically stupid back in the pre-’60s. Nobody could benefit, thus everybody laughed and had a good time. After responding to a straight line with a half-witted remark, George would close the show with “Say goodnight, Gracie”. It became a laugh line to any conversation ending with a mindless retort.

This just about sums up the feeling most Americans have regarding the current election. Hillary takes a disproportionate share of delegates from caucuses and ballots. Ted Cruz took Colorado where there was no opportunity for the public to voice a choice.

We now have a president who makes unconstitutional moves, signs orders and orders departments and agencies under his thumb to act at his behest. Placing inordinate rules, regulations, fees and other burdens on the general public (ranchers, businesses, corporations) are ways he is taking the country down. He has decimated the job market with his actions and placed tens of thousands of people on government assistance to secure votes for his party. All the while, our elected representatives sit in the chambers accepting the president’s gelding and belittling.

Say goodnight, America.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

George Orwell referred to it as Newspeak. It is a way of misidentifying for the sake of obfuscation. Him, her, mother and father are now identifications worthy of lawsuit under politically correct speech.

Radical Islamic terrorists or terrorism was replaced by workplace violence and overseas contingency operations to avoid identifying our true enemies. We are told that making any remark that includes Muslim or Islam is disparaging to a whole religion.

The words ‘criminal’ and ‘felon’ are to be replaced by what? The new term will be a ‘justice involved individual.’   Their rights are to be restored upon release from prison—including voting privileges.

Back in the day of law and order, when one committed a crime, they were agreeing to relinquish certain man-given rights and privileges.  Now, do your time and you’re equal to those of us who abide by the law.

Say goodnight, Gracie.

 

ANOTHER NUDGE STORY

April 11, 2016

I thought I’d escaped the idiocy of California when I made the move out of state. Yet, this is happening in my recently adopted home town in a very conservative community of a very red state.

This move by progressives in the field of “education” encourages unlawful activity while depriving U.S. citizens of the opportunity to attend the college of their choice. *Note – Prescott College has a student body of only 400 undergraduates (total enrollment is around 1,200). Annual applications exceed that number by about twenty-five to thirty percent. One scholarship per year to someone who is in the country illegally deprives and displaces one academically qualified citizen and local taxpayer.

The story linked above does indicate that students may opt out of the levy when paying their tuition. In order to do so, they must carefully read the detailed information in the tuition guide and mark the appropriate sections to take advantage of the option. Otherwise, they are contributing their, or their parents’, money to aiding and abetting known law breakers.

Someone please tell me how academia is not projecting progressive influences on our kids instead of imparting the knowledge that will help them obtain lucrative careers to sustain self sufficient, productive and long happy lives.

This is nothing more than another social engineering control measure or “nudge” that causes people to subliminally participate in actions or causes they might consciously reject. And, this is just one of many such encounters we face in our daily lives. Most people tend to accept the subtleties taking place around them and are swept into actions they would otherwise renounce.

Please pay close attention to the influences of your daily life; observe and analyze before making a decision or taking an action . Your vote this year will determine the future of your immediate family, your children and grandchildren and generations beyond.