In thinking about how valuable education is in cultivating the next generation of Americans, my mind took me back nearly twenty years to when I was a graduate student functioning as a substitute teacher at La Puente High School in Southern California. On one assignment, I was to cover a social studies class of some old-timer; he had written down in his instructions that since his classes were on a field trip, my sole duty was to show a movie at 6th period to those who did not attend. What I found that day opened my eyes.
The author incorrectly assumes that Johnny and Mary are free to tell their parents the Tale of the Cucumber. The practice is becoming widespread to require students to sign a non-disclosure statement pledging not to bring this sort of thing to their parents´ attention.
Our youngest child, then 10 years old, was taking social studies at a public school in a wealthy school district, at the 5th grade level. His textbook was mostly devoted to native american women from obscure pacific tribes who were weavers and potters. He had to learn their names, and he had to identify their works.
We decided to put him in a private, religious school, and repeat 5th grade. And when he brought his social studies text home from the private school, it looked very much like a college text in American Government. The book on political history, beginning with the American revolution. It described who our founders were, and how they put together the government. And it covered events and people up through the viet nam war, including the civil rights movement, and it identified those figures in black history who contributed to our America. I was impressed. Our son learned how American government worked. And he is now a registered republican.
I came back from Russia and met three young teachers. They asked me about my trip and I told them that I had gone through Lenin´s tomb. They laughed and assured me I was mistaken. "After all", they told me, "he was killed in New York so why would they bury him in Russia?" They walked off laughing about how stupid I was. These were elementary school teachers!!!
All that money, #5, goes to teachers´ salaries and pensions, and their benefits. The average teacher in my area makes $100,000 a year, and they don´t pay for their health insurance.
Education has been dumbed down incredibly. I am constantly amazed at how little the young people know. The usual answer why they don´t know is "they didn´t teach us that." But the curriculum DID find time to have a man from the local gay organization come in and tell the kids they´re free to visit their "clubhouse" and they won´t tell their parents, and they will provide transportation.
There is a lesson for all of us today in Deuteronomy 6.
If our children are ignorant, and their children are ignorant, it is because we, who know the truth, have not taught it to our own.
Even if everyone doesn´t have access to books such as the ones mentioned in this piece, we are without excuse when it comes to learning everything necessary to make strong, moral people of character. We all have access to a Bible.
The Bible was a textbook for many of our forefathers. It should be a textbook for us today.
In my short time in the halls of academia I came to the conclusion that anyone with any degree in education or psycho-babble should never have anything to do with the education of children, much less be left in a room with them without adult supervision. As a group or groups they are egotistical, arrogant, rude and dumb as a box of rocks. There are exceptions, but few and far between.
Very little of this insanity appears to be happening in my Red State area. So we drift further apart. The great political divide is being exacerbated by the great educational divide. And jobs continue to move away from the ´cucumber´ areas to the areas with traditional schooling.
And yet the fans of this corrosive rot feel absolutely free to lecture us on any subject, convinced they are intellectually superior. The fall from grace for America will be epic. What we are in now is the confusion before the storm hits. Like Germany in the 1920´s.
I thought the photo below was interesting. I wonder if some of the White House photo restrictions are to avoid shots in which it is obvious that Michelle and Barack are not on the same page. They are a fantasy couple to many black women who have no hope of marrying a more successful man -- akin to Diana and Prince Charles among white women who should have known better (most of the professional women I worked with) in the 90s.
The Detroit News is really upset about how its readers talk about race. (snip) The readers are so off-message about commenting on race at the MLive website that the newspaper felt it needed to post rules about how comply with the racial guidelines: How to discuss racial issues on MLive without violating the Community Rules. First, if you see one of the daily stories about black history month or the black museum or whatever, and you wonder in the comments sections why there is no counterpart for white or Asian or Amish people, you will be removed. That is a "false equivalence,"
"Nice little insurance company you´ve got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it." In essence, that´s the message just delivered to the health care insurance industry. Panicking, they´re just making it up as they go along, under pressure of the December 23rd deadline for enrollment in Obamacare in order to be covered in 2014. In an ill-considered move, the Department of Health and Human Services contravened the law and vaguely threatened ("strongly encouraged") the health insurance industry in order to assuage some of the injuries done by the poor design and incompetent administration of Obamacare.
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