Posts Tagged ‘Education?’

AMERICAN EDUCATION TODAY

March 1, 2020

I recently came across an article (accompanied by two videos) wherein a Jimmy Kimmel “man on the street” quizzed random people on finding and identifying countries on a blank map of the world. He then shared a clip of Republicans in specific being asked the same questions. <link>

While the second clip shown was to indicate the ignorance of Republicans (because this is the focus of late night comedy today), both actually portrayed just how ineffectively public schools are educating our youth. A discerning look beyond the surface presentations illustrates a non-partisan indictment of liberal teachings of today.

As social justice, multi-gender acceptance and income inequality are promoted by the educators over core courses such as English, math, science, geography, world and U.S. history it is easy to see how and why the U.S. is forfeiting ground in education compared to other countries. Today’s youth, lacking basic knowledge and skills, are also losing the ability to move into and keep up with the needs of the current workforce.

The same people, progressives, who are advocating for more immigration to fill open positions in technology and research are the very ones who are not educating the students in their charge! This is exactly why 2.5 million available STEM positions are not being filled.

According to one Pew research study, the U.S. ranked 21st of 23 countries in math. (Could this be the reason America’s youth today cannot figure out their gas mileage or count the change from a purchase without an electronic calculating device?) In critical and analytical thought (problem solving) the ranking was 17 out of 19. (Perhaps this is why the only defense for a progressive’s position in a dispute is to end the discussion by calling their opponent RACIST and either striking out physically or walking away.)

Perhaps spending more classroom time teaching inductive and deductive reasoning and the differences between them would be appropriate. Teaching people to accept and absorb information they first encounter as fact and rejecting any dissenting information rather than giving them the tools to decide with reason what is true or appropriate is not helpful to society. Knowing how to use reasoning techniques to refute the spoon-fed ideologies of the teachers and professors would allow a student a breadth of education not offered now. Today, it seems those authority figures fail students who choose to question the propaganda. It would be a novel idea for today’s educational setting to have opposing views once again received and debated.

The type of demonstration shown by Kimmel illustrates the ignorance, not of Republicans, Democrats or Independents, but of those walking our streets in general. It becomes easy for one to see the depths to which the U.S. has fallen educationally. Given that the overwhelming majority of teachers and professors are of progressive ideology, deductively it follows that progressives are to blame for the failures in our public schools and education system.

 

MAKING LIFE EASIER MAKES LIFE HARDER

December 2, 2019

The block letters above may seem like a total contradiction. In fact, they best illustrate what happens when people with supposedly good intentions wantonly interfere with normal progression and interaction of life.

There’s no place to start that is better than our current K-12 education system. Across this great nation over the past 2-3 decades there has been a trend to lower the standards in order to allow greater graduation rates (ego is more important than education). Emphasis on what were once core subjects (English, math, science, history, geography, economics, politics [objectively] and civics) has been replaced by softer (social, gender and racial) matters. In doing so, students of higher intellect and more capable learners suffer a lack of education in the basics required for a successful independent life. They do, however, gain an in-depth knowledge of the ethereal. High school graduates, in many cases, can barely read their own diploma or count the change received from a purchase without the aid of a virtual assistant smart phone app.

To avoid causing problems with fragile sensitivities through exposure to contrasting thoughts, conflicting or alternative ideas are prohibited from “safe spaces” where students congregate with only like-minded peers. This detachment does not work outside of select and controlled environs such as schools and only makes life in the real world near impossible for those who have relinquished acceptance of others and their individual thought processes to the unnecessary and harmful protection.

Making life easier/harder most often happens through government intervention, aka, entitlement programs. Meant to assist the temporarily disadvantaged through rough times, government intervention via subsidies and stipends actually coerce a majority of recipients into extended dependency. Those who do transition back to employment, earnings and independence are generally grateful for the stopgap assistance. Others, complain that they do not receive enough but remain unwilling to extend themselves for self betterment.

It happened with mortgage loans in the first decade of the current millennium. Mortgage interest rate structuring was changed supposedly to benefit people of lower income. Loans were made available to people with questionable credit and work history to allow ownership so that they, too, could take advantage of a rapidly appreciating housing market. Many loans were devised with low or no down payment and low monthly payment for the first few months to years. The concept was great in principle…on paper. However, the unrealistic qualification requirements caused tens of thousands of first time buyers to lose their entire investment when the loans reset, per original loan contract, to realistic terms in 2, 3, 5 or 7 years.

When they were unable to meet the new payments, many simply packed their furniture and other belongings into a trailer and drove off, later filing personal bankruptcy to relieve themselves of the obligation. With a collapsed and devastated housing market, banks and other lenders inventoried a glut of worthless and unmarketable homes. Many long established financial institutions were also driven into bankruptcy thanks to the pressures Chris Dodd and Barney Frank put on the Fannie Mae Corporation in 1999 such that parameters of lending standards were revised to include unworthy borrowers.

More recently it has happened by making student loans more easily accessible. Same principle, just a different clientele. Low interest government backed or government direct student loans tend to entice unqualified students to enter colleges and accept unreasonable debt. Many young people expecting the high school experience (e.g. show up for class and pass) to continue into higher education soon learn that they must actually study, learn and pass tests designed to measure knowledge. The recognition comes after signing in obligation for the government to pay tuition and some stipend costs while attending. Many of the under educated entrants (those graduated from high school despite a lack of academic achievement, knowledge or learning ability) soon drop out owing more than they can willingly repay. Thus, without a degree and mounds of debt they are caused to accept lower-paying positions and frustration with the process.

It happens through science. Vaccines, pills, capsules and immunizations meant to mitigate a particular malady or disorder frequently treat only the exposed symptoms and not the underlying problems. The negative side effects of these laboratory synthesized remedies often create more problems than they mask and require other medications to allay the symptoms of the previous application.

The American (and to a certain extent, world) society is being compromised by our government. Making life easier is actually making life harder in many ways. The current crop of presidential candidates are pushing socialism and ultimately communism as the answer to individual economic challenges. The federal government is looking for ways to totally control our lives by reducing personal responsibility and ownership. So, if you’re raking in money from the likes of Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Electronic Benefits Payment (EBT), Medicaid, etc., you may be causing your own dependency. If you’re looking forward to receiving $1,000 per month Universal Basic Income (UBI), you are prostituting yourself to government sponsored indentured servitude.

Please take responsibility and vote wisely, not for what you can get for yourself today, but what is best for you and all others over a longer term.

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.

THE AGE OF BEWILDERMENT

March 11, 2019

As we enter election season, progressives want to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. There is a reason for this and it is not just to incorporate more people into the civic duty of electing officials. The reason is sinister.

At 16, even a working individual has not had the opportunity to evaluate how the earnings taken from his or her paycheck are being abused by their elected officials. Scientific and biological researchers and experts agree that the human mind develops slowly and is not fully capable of continuous rational thought and judgment until a person is in their mid-twenties.

Teachers of students in the public indoctrination system insist on having their bored but active charges put on psychoactive pharmaceuticals to enable greater access to the otherwise bright and thinking minds of our youth. This is also why the government wants to take control of children even before they enter kindergarten.

While yet of what I believe is sound mind, I am having great difficulty understanding some of what is foist upon us by our elected elite socialists under the guise of evolutionary progress.

  • The minimum age to buy and drink alcohol in all 50 states is 21 years.
  • One must be 18 to join the military/fight for your country and kill enemies
  • One must be 18 to buy a firearm on the civilian market…they want to move this to 21 because, they say, a person of only eighteen years is not always capable of controlling their impulses.
  • One must be 18 to destroy their body by smoking tobacco products to ruin their health
  • One must be 18 to obtain a prescription for health medications or have a guardian sign for them.
  • Most states hold the parents responsible for the liabilities created by and the welfare of offspring until their 18th birthday.

For all of the above, one must present proof of age in the form of a verified government issued identification generally showing a photographic likeness of the individual requesting service (except for voting).

These ages, agreed upon and established over decades as norms, are now under consideration for revision to accommodate Marxist/socialist goals of transforming our democratic republic into a state of dictatorship.

*Remember, it was Michelle Obama who said in 2008, “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”

The prefrontal cortex is the last to mature and it involves the control of impulses and decision-making. Therefore, teenagers need to learn to control reckless, irrational and irritable behavior.

VOTE16USA.org is dedicated to lowering the voting age to 16 across the nation. The organization says that such a move will improve voter turnout and encourage civic engagement. They offer heavy influence to the power-grabbing elite. Democrats in congress recently included lowering the voting age as an amendment in HR1 “For the People Act of 2019”.

From the website: http://nancyguberti.com/5-stages-of-human-brain-development/ (emphasis added to pertinent parts)

Stage 1: 0 to 10 months

~Neurons and connections growing.

Stage 2: birth to 6 years

~Development of voluntary movement, reasoning, perception, frontal lobes active in development of emotions, attachments, planning, working memory, and perception. A sense of self is developing and life experiences shape the emotional well being.

Our elected officials want control of this subset calling it Early Childhood or Pre-K development. By taking control of the early developing mind, it is possible to manipulate and subdue the child into the mold dictatorial socialists desire. They can “correct” responsive thinking early for compatibility with what they deem as new societal norms.

Stage 3: 7 to 22 years

~The neural connections or ‘grey’ matter is still pruning, wiring of brain still in progress, the fatty tissues surrounding neurons or ‘white’ matter increase and assist with speeding up electrical impulses and stabilize connections.  The prefrontal cortex is the last to mature and it involves the control of impulses and decision-making.

~Therefore, teenagers need to learn to control reckless, irrational and irritable behavior. Avoiding drugs, alcohol, smoking, unprotected sex and substance abuse.

Stage 4: 23 to 65 years

~Finally, the brain reaches its peak power around age 22 and lasts for 5 more years. Afterwards, it’s a downhill pattern. Last to mature and the first to go are the brain functionality of executive control occurring in the prefrontal and temporal cortices. Memory for recalling episodes start to decline, processing speed slows and working memory is storing less information.

~Best approach is to stay mentally active, learn new things, stay physically active and eat a very healthy diet. Avoid toxins, cigarettes, alcohol and mind-altering drugs.

Given the proven development pattern of the human brain, is there any question why Democrat Socialists want to lower the voting age? Total control and manipulation of their subjects, “We the People”, appears to be the goal.  It’s only one part of the social engineering for effect taking place today.

OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM IS REALLY AN INDOCTRINATION CENTER FOR SOCIALISM

April 9, 2018

Hmmm, kids being used to promote socialist government agendas. Not exactly a novel thought!

Kids being schooled in government run facilities teaching Marxist/socialist themes and values sounds a lot like what happened back in the 1930s in a land far, far away. First to happen was a total loss of freedom unless you were a member of the elite government. Next came the privatization of industry and the end was totalitarianism. Food and other staples were rationed except for those at the top of government. It was promoted as equality for all though questioners or complainers were incarcerated or killed outright.

Obama would like to have a million Baracks or Michelles to help drive their agenda (not unlike that of Hitler). The two of them almost buried our country by themselves, with a little help from their friends (Holder, Lerner, Lynch, Brennan, Clapper and Comey to name a few), in only eight years. What would a million of them be able to accomplish?

One recent Pew poll shows that greater numbers of millennial women are identifying with democrats. And, it seems that the higher education level, the greater the progressive identification. Men are also leaning left, just not in the same numbers. Could this have anything to do with the power of progressives promoting socialism in the education system?

High school and college students of the 1960s formed their own marches against the Vietnam war with legitimate reason to do so. They were of, or soon to be of, draft age and could find themselves in uniform fighting in that war. The protests back then were funded primarily out of personal donations. Back then, demonstrations with a purpose cost a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars to obtain the required permits and communicating within the school system to get the word out. Most were protesting the horror of war not knowing or caring about the Communist doctrine.

Today is different. The massive rallies run tens of thousands to millions of dollars and are paid for by billionaire globalists using the K-12 system of indoctrinated youth.  Teachers today drill students to revile the freedoms of personal responsibility, democracy and capitalist economy in return for socialist and Communist values. The participants are programmed to want and expect equality for all regardless of the effort to achieve any particular outcome.

Oh, how easy it is for socialist teachers to influence the minds of children by teaching gender fluidity and global warming instead of history, English, math and science. Students are encouraged to engage with the teachers as they ask how many guns your family owns or how many pills your mom takes.  Gathering family data is a major part of the current curriculum in many public schools.

Obviously, if world history and global economics were taught in public schools, the globalist design would be defeated from the start. Enough of the subjects would be able to see what might be expected after the glorified Utopian beginning of a self imposed two tier (elite/servile) society. The history of Venezuela over the past three decades would be an excellent example and a place to start.

Gun control = step one to subservient masses.